Are You an Over-Brusher?
I have a clear memory of my orthodontist telling me, when I was about 10, that I should brush my teeth as hard as possible. I took this as gospel for years, until a dental hygienist told me that I had gum recession. My gums had worn a way a bit, pulling back from my teeth, and were starting to expose the sensitive roots of my teeth. Ouch. What did she blame for this? Over-brushing.
There are two ways to over-brush: brushing too long (for more than two minutes) or too hard. I was definitely guilty of the latter. Hey, I thought I was doing the right thing!
A lot of people hit their teeth a bit too rigorously with their toothbrush. I’ve found two tactics that help me reduce the over-brushing impulse.
1. Using a Brush with Charcoal Bristles
Charcoal bristles are softer and more gentle than regular bristles, and their shape feels like it’s digging deeper into the spaces between my teeth. Because of the soft bristles, I brush much less aggressively and feel like I’ve done less damage to my gums when I’m done. That’s why I love our Boka brush. I’ve been using it for a couple months and my dentist observed that my gums had not receded anymore since my last visit. Hurrah!
2. Using an Electric Toothbrush
Because these brushes vibrate, I feel less inclined to saw away at my gums as I brush. All in all, I get a gentler cleaning from my electric brush, and my teeth just feel more polished.
These work for me, but different tactics might work for you. I’d love to hear other people’s tips. Share them in the comments!