After a lifetime of brushing your teeth every day, your oral hygiene routine may feel like second nature.
However, incorrect brushing can cause several problems for your teeth, tongue, and gums. Since oral health has cascading effects on your overall wellness, it’s important to make sure you’re brushing your teeth properly.
Brushing your teeth is essential, but it’s easy to go overboard. As many as 90% of us brush our teeth too much, which ironically lead to the very dental health problems we’re trying to avoid. Here are five signs to look out for if you’re concerned about overbrushing.
1. BLEEDING GUMS
If you see a streak of red every time you spit, you may be damaging your gums by pressing too hard or overbrushing. Bleeding gums often happens when the thinnest layer of gum over the tooth is irritated and damaged, which can happen when you brush too often to let the gum heal itself. If you have dental implants, you may have damaged the sensitive layer of gum and exposed the abutment of the implant. Pay close attention and see your dentist whenever you think your gums may be damaged.