5 Signs You’re Overbrushing

Book an Appointment Call Now

October 11, 2016

Brushing your teeth is essential, but it’s easy to go overboard. As many as 88% of us brush our teeth too much, which ironically lead to the very dental health problems we’re trying to avoid. Here are five signs to look out for if you’re concerned about overbrushing.

1. Bleeding gums

If you see a streak of red every time you spit, you may be damaging your gums by pressing too hard or overbrushing. Bleeding gums often happens when the thinnest layer of gum over the tooth is irritated and damaged, which can happen when you brush too often to let the gum heal itself. If you have dental implants, you may have damaged the sensitive layer of gum and exposed the abutment of the implant. Pay close attention and see your dentist whenever you think your gums may be damaged.

Special Offer

Free Fluoride Treatment until October 31, 2016

D1208. It will make your teeth stronger and more resistible to decay and reduces teeth sensitivity.

Book An Appointment

2. Sensitive teeth

If you have had sensitive teeth in the past and achieved relief through medicated toothpastes or dental treatments, yet see the sensitivity return every few weeks, you could be overbrushing. Brushing too vigorously or too often wears away the tooth’s protective enamel coating, exposing sensitive nerves to cold and hot temperatures. Oral health professionals will be able to tell right away if your tooth enamel is damaged, and can offer advice on how to fix the problem.

3. Brushing after meals

In a somewhat cruel irony, the advice many of us were given when we were younger has been shown to do more to damage teeth than protect them. Some of us still brush after every single meal, in addition to just after waking up and just before bed, meaning those people brush a staggering 5-6 times a day. Not only does the regular brushing damage tooth enamel and may irritate gums, brushing after a meal means teeth are being worn down when acid levels are at their highest. Sugary and acidic foods will soften the enamel during the course of a meal, and brushing afterwards only wears teeth down faster. Lessen the harmful effects by brushing before a meal, if you feel you must, but this is no longer considered essential.

4. Orthodontic problems

Orthodontic treatments cause many to become paranoid about their teeth. While it is true that braces and dental implants need extra care to remain healthy, overbrushing can cause even more damage. Don’t run the risk of misaligning your braces, knocking dental bridges or wearing down cosmetic treatments as this will only mean more visits to your dentist and potentially complicate future treatments. If you’re experiencing problems with your orthodontics, please drop into our Glasgow clinic and one of our dentists will be happy to advise you.

old-toothbrushes5. Damage to your toothbrush

Dental experts recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 weeks, as bristles will wear down in that time creating minute serrated edges which damage teeth’s surface. New toothbrushes are manufactured to have bristles with rounded tips, which are easier on teeth and more effective for cleaning. If you find you’re replacing your toothbrush more frequently, it could be a sign of overbrushing. Watch for ‘splaying’ bristles, a sure sign that you’re pressing too hard or brushing too frequently.

RELATED Treatment Options For Tooth Sensitivity 

Share With Your Friends:

Back to Press Center

Testimonials

Thank you personally and from the bottom of my heart for the kindness and consideration you showed my mom, Catherine the other day! 😊

Patrizia Rondelli (Hollywood, FL)

Absolutely amazing. Jess and Jessica at the front made me feel so comfortable and helped me conquer my fear of the dentist. The office is clean and welcoming I completely... read more

Hayley Kaplan (Wellington, FL)

Benjamin R. (West Pam Beach, FL)

Very professional office. Good dentist.Clean dental office

Anna K. (Hollywood, FL)

I feel I have the best care possible under Dr. Gorbatov and his team. His work is top quality and because of him I know my teeth and the health... read more

Alex P. (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

For me, dental work always came with the presumption of pain and discomfort. That's why it was always very difficult to get any recommended work done, because all I'd have... read more

Iry T. (Hallandale Beach, FL)

I switched my dentist because i was dissatisfied with their service and decided to go to Dr.Gorbotov's office for my wisdom tooth extraction. I never thought I would see the... read more

Oleg Solovey (Sunny Isles, FL)

This is the Best Dental Office I ever was. Great personality, gentle touch and perfectionism in all aspects of cosmetic dentistry. Thank you Dr. Gorbatov for creating Smile I always... read more

Yuriy Gorobets (Hallandale Beach, FL)

I've been looking for a good dentist since So. FL lacks them. Not anymore, great professional services, and best of all, you will find a personal touch. You will truly... read more

ML GG (Aventura, FL)

Entire office & staff is very accommodating and attentive to all your needs. The dentist was very nice and professional and really took the time to explain to me everything... read more

Tiffany D. (Hollywood, FL)

High-level professionals. Thank you, Dr. Gorbatov. I'm going to recommend your clinic to my friends. With best regards!

Vlad Shishko (Sunny Isles, FL)

I've been looking for a good dentist since So. FL lacks them. Not anymore, great professional services, and best of all, you will find a personal touch. You will truly... read more

ML GG (Hollywood, FL)

The dentist is very friendly and gentle during procedures.

Sofie M (Sunny Isles Beach, FL)

I have been having a lot of issues with my teeth for quiet some time, including broken molars and bad procedures at other dental facilities. I came to Dr. Gorbatov... read more

Felix Spengler (Miami, FL)

I have been going to Dr Gorbatov at A Center For Dental Excellence for many years now and their use of "Excellence" isn't just a marketing ploy and they definitely... read more

Lawrence F. (Lake Worth, FL)

Very professional nice staff great service.

(Aventura, FL)

Good quality office, and dental work.

Igor Gonchar (Hallandale Beach, FL)

I have lived and worked all over North America. One of the greatest challenges of relocating is finding the best dental practice. "Center For Dental Excellence" was recommended to me... read more

Gregory Sutton (Wellington, FL)

The dentist fit me in last minute when my normal dentist was unavailable I tried them on the recommendation of a friend after I broke a veneer and had 3... read more

Mark Krawiec (Hollywood, FL)

Dr. Gorbatov is an excellent dentist whose main priority is making sure his patients are comfortable and get the best dentistry he can offer. He provides an attentive service, and... read more

Natallia Harbacheuskaya (Hollywood, FL)

Dr. Gorbatov is an excellent dentist. I went to several other dentist and they all wanted to do a root canal, but Dr. Gorbatov was able to save my tooth.... read more

Arthur Rubinovich (Sunny Isles, FL)

I had a procedure done by Dr. Gorbatov, it was amazing, I didn't feel anything, he has very gentle hands and techniques and I didn't even feel the shot! I... read more

Jessica Y Montero (West Palm Beach, FL)

Wonderful facility and staff, very professional.

(Sunny Isles, FL)

This is IT!!!! As good as it gets!!! If you want a celebrity smile call his number.

Jacob F. (Miami)

Everyone in the office is super amazingly fantastic! They're informative and understanding. Dr. Gorbatov has done great work on my teeth! The dental hygienist has been a charm, makes every... read more

John Kern (Hollywood, FL)

Very happy with quick service, suggestions & prices. Will be a repeat customer

Jaclyn Franceschini (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

I had been looking for a dentist for a few months and I was referred to Dr. Gorbatov and I can certainly see why. I've always been a little skeptical... read more

Jazlyne Jimenez (Hallandale Beach, FL)

I was very fortunate to find Dr. Gorbatov right when I had a major issue with an old crown that fell off and led to a major infection just a... read more

Octavian Miron (Aventura, FL)

Thank you Dr. Gorbatov for the great experience, your gentle touch and quality work you have done on my teeth. I have been very pleased with your professional, yet personable... read more

Irina D. (Port Orange, FL)

Love Dr. Gorbatov! He is skilled, professional, thorough, nice, and always keeps me comfortable. The assistants and office staff are great too. I highly recommend Dr. Gorbatov!

fannabl (Hallandale Beach, FL)

I had a great experience with Dr. Dmitry Gorbatov. He was able to save my tooth from getting a root canal. All the staff was really nice, and attentive. I... read more

Arthur R. (North Miami Beach, FL)

The atmosphere in this office is beyond believe, I instantly felt comfortable with Dr Dimitiri and his assistant Yuri. They work great together. I had 6 veneers put in and... read more

Ruslan Gahramanov (Sunny Isles Beach, FL)

Dr. Gorbatov was very thorough and went over all concerns I had (I'm not really a fan of the dentist). He is definitely the nicest Dentist I have ever been... read more

Sofia Rodriguez (Hallandale Beach, FL)

Excellent service , friendly & professional !!!

Mauricio Bonifacio (Sunny Isles, FL)

This is the best dentist in the world who really cares about each and every patient and makes your smile look perfect! After visiting the new office you will be... read more

Kseniia Dursinova (Sunny Isles, FL)

Book an Appointment

Appointment




Fill out email and/or message