Is your toothbrush damaging your teeth?

Excessive use of a toothbrush. Is toothbrushing damaging your teeth?

Can a toothbrush be dangerous? Surely not…
Sadly, it’s true, sometimes we tell patients that toothbrushing is damaging their teeth. Does that mean stopping brushing – NO!!! We would never tell a patient to not brush their teeth!!!

It’s all in the toothbrush technique.

Brushing your teeth incorrectly or improper use of a toothbrush can damage your teeth. Imagine washing your car with a wire brush – it wouldn’t do the paintwork much good would it? In the same way, if you brush with a hard-bristled brush, overtime you can wear away the protective coating of your teeth. Therefore, its important to use a soft bristled brush, or, even better, an electric toothbrush with a warning light that tells you if you are pressing too hard.

It’s not just your toothbrush!

Toothbrushing alone doesn’t wear away your teeth but works in conjunction with other forces. Acid on your teeth from food and drink, or intrinsically produced acid (i.e. heartburn) will cause the enamel to weaken and be more prone to loss when brushed. Similarly, excessive tooth grinding, or clenching can cause the teeth to weaken at the gum margins and this is again prone to damage by the toothbrush.

What damage is caused?

Commonly, we see notches at the necks of the teeth (in the area where the teeth meet the gum). These almost look like the notch cut by a lumberjack’s axe when cutting down a tree!

What are the symptoms of toothbrush damage?

Initially, you may not experience any symptoms, but as the tooth wear gets closer to the nerve, you can begin to experience sensitive teeth or even toothache.

Getting long in the tooth…

We’ve all heard that phrase. It doesn’t mean that the teeth are growing, but actually that the gums are receding or shrinking back, thus, making the teeth appear longer.

How can I prevent tooth wear and tooth recession?

1. Use an electric toothbrush with a pressure indicator
2. Hold the electric toothbrush with your forefinger and thumb, not in the palm of your hand. Therefore, the lack of power will prevent you from putting excessive forces on the toothbrush
3. Use floss and tepes to get in between the teeth to clean the surfaces that the teeth miss.
4. Never brush your teeth immediately after having something to eat or drink that is acidic in nature. That includes juices, fruits, fizzy drinks etc…
5. If you find yourself clenching your teeth or grinding your teeth, mention this to your dentist. As a result, your dentist may provide specialised treatment to resolve this.
6. See your dentist regularly for check-ups!
7. Visit the dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning.

Reviews

  • Martin Crossley

    Excellent first visit to the Rock Dental Practice. All the staff are friendly and professional. Particularly liked the 'real time'... read more - 2/01/2019

  • JOHN WILLIAMSON

    My dentist merged with the Rock practice a short while ago, and then moved on, so I had only had... read more - 10/10/2019

  • Cesari Airlines

    positive review  I am needle phobic. The last time I saw a dentist was when God was a boy. I was seen... read more - 9/26/2019

  • vikki biggs

    Absolute brilliant dentist, and has looked after myself and my daughter for a few years, would highly recommend the practice... read more - 7/14/2019

  • Suki Virdi

    I came to the practice a couple of weeks ago for the first time. The staff were very professional and... read more - 7/26/2019

  • William Powers

    I have been a patient of Dr Nandra for many years.
    Over this time the standard of care that I have...
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    - 1/23/2019

  • Bally D Chahal

    Really friendly atmosphere made me feel so welcome - 7/07/2017

  • Sheena Parry

    I cannot recommend this dentist highly enough. They are kind, considerate and eminently professional. They were also nothing short of... read more - 8/13/2019

  • Colin AT

    Awesome, really feel at home with the team.. and in Anoup's care :) - 7/25/2016

  • Keith Dipple

    Highly professional yet with a great balance of a welcoming & relaxing atmosphere. My first treatment here was smooth... read more - 9/10/2019

  • manjinder sehra

    I was out of the area I needed a dentist ASAP so from word of mouth I was recommended to... read more - 7/19/2019

  • Anna Randulff

    I had a wisdom tooth extracted at Rock House Dental Practice and am very happy with the service. Dr. Nandra... read more - 1/25/2019

  • Fiona Berry

    I am a nervous patient. I cry through the exam let alone any treatment!! Today these lovely people got me... read more - 10/03/2018

  • Jennie Jones

    I am a new patient at this Dentist and I am so impressed with the professionalism I have experienced. I... read more - 4/18/2018

  • Paul Smith

    Staff are very competent and friendly. Efficient use of IT for booking etc. Good location, plenty of parking. Would not... read more - 11/27/2018

  • Rajan Chaudhry

    I was very happy with all aspects of my visit to Rock House. From the very welcoming staff, to the... read more - 8/09/2018

  • Stuart Cross

    Ultimate Halloween horror today. I went to the dentist this morning. It was a long job. I was given a... read more - 11/01/2016

  • Jodie Phillips

    Absolutley brilliant Dentist! I got offered an appointment the same day by Faye after experiencing some toothache and my tooth... read more - 10/18/2017

  • Peter Winfield

    I had used rock house for an emergency treatment and they seen me within an hour and managed to alleviate... read more - 12/11/2018

  • Amarjit Dhillon

    These guys are just great, highly recommended. After being turned away from my normal nhs practise, Anoop came to... read more - 8/18/2016

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