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The daily routine of brushing and flossing teeth may not be something you think a lot about. But did you know that how your brush can cause damage to your mouth? Learn about what happens if your brush and floss too hard.

Problems From Brushing and Flossing Too Hard

You may think you are improving dental health by brushing and flossing daily, but you could actually be harming it if your brush and floss too hard.

  • Too much pressure from brushing your teeth can cause the gums to recede. This gingival recession exposes the tooth root.
  • Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, but even it can wear down. Mechanical abrasion from vigorous tooth brushing can rub away the enamel, making the tooth more susceptible to decay.
  • Snapping floss up against the gums can harm them. Doing so can cut into them and cause bleeding.

How To Brush And Floss Correctly

Vigorous brushing and flossing causes harm to your mouth, but doing it right can improve dental health.

  • Brush your teeth gently. Try to do so by holding the toothbrush like you would a pencil rather than with a full grip. Brush with short, back and forth motions
  • Floss gently as well. Slowly rub the floss up between the teeth. When your slide the floss between the tooth and gums, curve it away from the gums.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles.
  • Protect and rebuild tooth enamel by using fluoride toothpaste.

Remember that brushing and flossing your teeth should never hurt. You gums may bleed a little once you start flossing, but they should stop after a couple of weeks. If you are still having problems, see your dentist.