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.

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    positive review  I needed emergency treatment. They were really fast. All the staff were friendly and professional. The dentist was caring and... read more - 11/29/2021
  • Jennie Tovey
    01.12.2017 - Another trip to Rock Dental for myself, my husband and 2 year old boy. Practice looks lovely and... read more - 8/17/2016
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    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
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    Having had bad experiences in the past I am never a regular patient. But the staff at Rock Dental really... read more - 1/06/2019
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    positive review  Professional and friendly staff dentist made you feel really calm and relaxed. Not a bad experience at all for a... read more - 1/16/2023
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    Fantastic dentists who really care about their patients and try and do as much as they can to help! I... read more - 5/26/2019
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    Fantastic Dental Practice!
    Team are all lovely from the receptionist, hygienist and the dentist.
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    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
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    This is the preferred practice for both myself and my staff, the team at Rock House all have one thing... read more - 5/15/2019
  • Patrick Bowers
    I have been a patient here for a few years and the service is always first rate. All of the... read more - 11/20/2018
  • Karena Hampl
    Went to This dentist today for an emergency appointment. Exceptional from receptionist to dentist. There’s no one more nervous about... read more - 1/28/2019
  • 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
  • Leanne Phillips
    I hadn't been to the dentist for a very long time as the fear of going would make me so... read more - 7/19/2023
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    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
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    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
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    Went to rock house as struggling my nhs dentist to repair my slightly broken filling without them drilling out... read more - 11/25/2023

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