There are plenty of myths that are out there. Whether it be ghost stories or dental care tips, these tales make their way through society and either gather a following, or wind up phasing out. As a dental practice, there are plenty of myths that we catch wind of that we find to be humorous. While we personally know why these myths are false, or what other options there are to provide the same results these myths promise, there are plenty of our patients who don’t. That’s why our next blog series is going to be focused around different dental care myths and why they’re simply not true. Check in with us the next couple of weeks to see which different myths we focus on.
For day one, we have a myth that I’m sure plenty of people have fallen victim to, but luckily, after reading this blog, you won’t be one of them.
Myth: There’s no such thing as too much brushing.
Truth: Too much brushing can damage teeth.
Every dentist appointment will include the question, how much are you brushing. For the most case, we’re just looking to hear twice a day. While there are plenty of areas where over achieving is a great thing, brushing is not one of them.
How often should you be brushing?
The minimum amount that we expect you to be brushing is 2 times a day. That includes once in the morning and once at night. While this is the bare minimum, it’s not bad for this to be the only time that you brush. Adding multiple teeth brushing sessions a day is ideal for individuals with braces, dental problems, or if you’ve just enjoyed a meal that could be harsh on your teeth.
Why is it bad to brush so often?
While brushing does clean off any sugar, buildup and plaque, too much brushing can wear down the enamel, making it more vulnerable to cavities and infection. This goes for any products that are used on our teeth that are incredibly harsh, too. Moderation is key, but consistency keeps our smiles healthy.
What other factors that you should consider when brushing?
Major players in the damage caused by over-brushing are the products that you use. If you are using a hard bristle brush or a toothpaste that is supposed to benefit whitening, you may notice that your teeth become more sensitive. This is a good sign that you need to lighten up on the products you’re using, or just the amount that you’re brushing in general. These are the two additional factors that you really need to keep an eye out for: products that you’re using, and any new sensitivities.
If you enjoyed this myth busting blog, make sure that you continue to check back in the next couple of weeks as we move forward breaking down topics of dental care that are commonly construed in society. For now, schedule an appointment with Dr. Louis Trainor if you have any questions regarding your dental care.