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Foolproof tip to tell if you’re brushing your teeth too hard

Improper brushing can lead to problems like tooth sensitivity and enamel wear. Here’s the right way to do it.

When brushing your teeth, there is the right technique. Brushing too hard or using the wrong toothbrush can damage your teeth and gums, which can lead to problems like wearing away enamel and receding gums, which in turn can lead to tooth sensitivity.

People tend to aggressively brush their teeth because they think it’s the only way to get cleaner, whiter teeth. But this is counterproductive because not only does it cause your gums to recede, but you also wear down the shiny, white enamel on your teeth, making them look yellow and darker.

Not sure if you’re brushing too hard?

Take a look at your toothbrush. If you’ve used it for three months or less, it should still look relatively new. If it looks worn and flat, that’s a sign you’re brushing too hard.”

How to properly brush your teeth

It will take a little care, but you can change the way you brush your teeth. By following these brushing tips, you will reduce your tooth sensitivity and prevent damage to your teeth and gums.

– Use a toothbrush with soft bristles

Replace it every three or four months or sooner if it frays. The size and shape of your toothbrush should fit your mouth so you can easily reach all areas.

– Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums.

In this way, the bristles can reach under the gumline and clean.

– Gently move the brush back and forth

Try cleaning the outer, inner, and occlusal surfaces of the teeth with short, tooth-width strokes. To clean the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt your brush vertically and make up and down strokes. If you use an electric toothbrush, let it do all the work and glide lightly over your teeth instead of pressing against them. To ensure you have a soft grip, try holding your toothbrush in your non-dominant hand.


Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two full minutes twice a day to help prevent plaque and tooth decay. For people who have never tried it, it may seem like an eternity. We don’t really know what two minutes is until we brush our teeth for that long. But if you are in no hurry to finish, you will be more careful to brush your teeth gently.

Choosing the Right Toothpaste (and Dental Floss)

It is also important to use fluoridated toothpaste to prevent tooth decay.

Also, to keep your mouth healthy and clean, here are some helpful tips: Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Floss once a day to remove tooth-damaging bacteria from between teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Limit sugary drinks and snacks and eat a balanced diet. Visit your dentist regularly (at least once or twice a year, in some cases even more often) to prevent and treat oral diseases.

* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.

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