Many of us have regarded the household adage that we should brush our teeth twice a day. In addition, we are told to floss before bed. This advice has stood the test of time, but is it possible to cause oral health damage by brushing too often?


Many people brush twice a day and even after every meal because we know that brushing our teeth regularly helps to remove plaque and slow down tooth decay.

Over brushing refers to how much you brush your teeth and how you brush your teeth. First, it is possible to brush more than you need to. For instance, it is important to wait 30 minutes after you have eaten a meal to brush your teeth. When you eat, your body produces saliva. This is an important natural process as saliva washes away food particles. In addition, saliva returns your mouth to the proper pH level. If you brush before your mouth is at the proper pH level, the acids in your mouth can decalcify your enamel. The enamel is your only defense against tooth decay. Brush your teeth twice a day, at least 30 minutes after you have eaten. OK


How you brush your teeth is important as well. Not surprisingly. some people vigorously brush their teeth. This type of brushing can lead to oral health problems. For instance, brushing too hard can result in tooth sensitivity and gum recession. You can be an enthusiastic brusher without sacrificing your teeth and gums.


Give our office a call to make your next appointment for a professional cleaning and exam. Our friendly office staff will schedule a time that fits with your busy lifestyle. We look forward to seeing you and working with you to have a healthy oral hygiene routine, which includes brushing without damaging your teeth.

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Geelan Dental Care

Call Us: (503) 223-1322

Visit Us: 5320 South Macadam Ave, Suite #100
Portland, OR 97239

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Fri – Sun: Closed

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