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Does Brushing Too Long Damage Your Enamel?

Posted on 7/15/2019 by Dan Laizure
Does Brushing Too Long Damage Your Enamel?We are family dentists. As family dentists, one of our jobs is to teach your children how to properly brush your teeth. This includes not only how often to brush, but also teaching them the amount of pressure to use, the type of toothbrush to buy (you won't be buying their toothbrushes for them forever), the angle at which to brush and other do's and don'ts.

It is important to keep on the research that is being done in dentistry because hard and fast rules can change over time, as new research reveals new data. For example, 30 years ago you were told to brush vigorously after every meal. That is no longer the advice we give. The reason is research. Here are the current guidelines and the reasons why.

How Should I Brush My Teeth?

First of all, you should buy a soft toothbrush. Though it would seem that brushing softly with a hard brush would make sense, current research says no. If the bristles are too hard, they can damage the enamel. The enamel is the protective outer covering of your teeth. This is also what you whiten. If the enamel is damaged, whitening techniques either won't work or will result in an uneven result. Your enamel, once lost, is gone forever. It can't grow back.

Instead of brushing after every meal as once was the rule of thumb, the American Dental Association (ADA) now recommends that you brush your teeth twice daily, preferably once in the morning and once at night. When you do brush, you should brush no longer than 2 minutes. This is sufficient to clean your teeth without damaging the outer enamel.

Feel free to ask us for a refresher course in brushing your teeth when you come in. Whether you're 6 or 60, keeping up with the latest research trends is worth it for all ages.

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