Brushing your teeth many times and with great force can damage your gums and leave your teeth unprotected. In addition, it must also be borne in mind that some compounds in mouthwashes tend to be more harmful than beneficial to oral health. Using the brush with force and with very abrupt horizontal movements can cause bleeding in the gum and wear on it. These are some of the consequences of excessive brushing without control:

  1. Enamel wear. Whenever the teeth are exposed to excessive and rough brushing, wear of the dental enamel, which is the layer that protects the teeth against different external agents, can occur.
  2. Gum laceration. Similar to a gum tear or tear from applying excessive force when brushing.
  3. Dental sensitivity. When enamel wear occurs, teeth are left unprotected.

What happens if I don’t use a proper brush?

A toothbrush is made up of filaments, which can be made up of hard or soft bristles for sensitive teeth. If a high-hardness toothbrush is chosen, it can cause damage when it comes into contact with the surface of the teeth and gums, making them more sensitive and vulnerable to the bacteria that populate the mouth.

Electric or manual toothbrush?

It is true that with the electric brush, you reach more difficult areas of your mouth, thanks to its action system in different directions that cleans in greater depth. It is also true that if manual brushing is done conscientiously by working and cleaning the areas of your mouth well, the same result is obtained — but with greater effort.

The ideal brushing should last 2 minutes, passing the brush through the upper and lower internal and external surfaces of your teeth, gums, and tongue. You can complement brushing with dental floss.

It is very important not to give up the habit of brushing your teeth, as tooth decay will accelerate. It can cause whitish stains and tooth sensitivity when the enamel is already damaged and the tooth is more exposed.

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