It is important to take good care of your teeth. Brushing and flossing are the best methods to keep your teeth clean and healthy. We advise our patients to brush twice a day for two minutes per brushing session. Equally important, we teach our patients to floss their teeth once a day. However, some people wrongly assume that brushing more than that will benefit them. Overbrushing, also known as toothbrush abrasion, can lead to dental issues, including the loss of enamel.
What is Tooth Enamel?
The enamel on your teeth is the protective coating. This white shiny surface is also the hardest substance produced in your body. It is made of a mixture of several different kinds of minerals. The enamel on your teeth is vital to protecting your teeth from cavities, temperature sensitivity, and tooth infections. It is important for your tooth to have protection, but it is also important to protect your enamel.
What Happens When Enamel is Damaged?
When you brush too much, especially with a hard bristled toothbrush, the enamel is easily damaged as you brush it away. The loss of enamel can be the start of tooth decay. While the enamel is a hard material, it can erode due to overbrushing. Brush and floss gently, just enough to remove plaque from the surface of your teeth.
We Want to Help You Have a Good Oral Hygiene Routine
Make an appointment today with our friendly office staff. At your next appointment, we can discuss how often you brush, look at your enamel, and help you come up with the best oral hygiene routine for your teeth. We can also show you the best way to brush and floss your teeth. We look forward to working with you soon.