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Can Brushing Too Hard Leave Your Gums Inflamed?
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Gwinnett Dental Implant & Periodontal Center
Brushing too hard will not only harm your teeth, but also inflame your gums. This is particularly true if you are using a hard-bristled toothbrush.
Signs That You Are Brushing Too Hard
Receding gums is the first sign of aggressive tooth brushing. If you notice that your gum line is receding and your teeth appear to be much longer than usual, then it is high time you changed your brushing ways. Moreover, if the teeth have a darker shade near the gum line, then it is likely that they do not have their enamel cover. This is another sign that you are brushing too hard.
How to Stop Brushing Too Hard
It is all in the technique. Proper brushing does not require force. Instead, you just need to be mindful about how you clean your teeth and gums, and what type of brush you use.
Firstly, always use a soft-bristled toothbrush with rounded filaments when brushing your teeth. You should also hold your toothbrush with your three first fingers to reduce the amount of force exerted on your gums when brushing. For the best results, you can use an electric toothbrush that comes with an automatic pressure sensor.
What to Do if Your Gums Are Inflamed
Cleaning your gums regularly is also an essential oral care routine. However, many people assume that if they brush vigorously, they are doing a thorough job. Nothing could be further from the truth. Brushing too hard can wear out your teeth and cause your gums to recede.
If you notice your gums are inflamed or receding, you are advised to seek immediate medical help. Visit our dental office today to learn more about how to brush your teeth correctly, and taking care of inflamed gums. We would be glad to help!