This Bad Habit May Be Causing Your Gums To Recede

We have talked on the channel about how your smile and teeth affect your self-esteem and your general health.

In today’s video, you will see some signs that you are brushing your teeth too hard and how to solve this issue.

Let’s see now 4 signs that you are brushing your teeth wrong:

Your gums are receding

Each one of our teeth is protected by enamel, which can be harmed by excessive brushing. When the enamel is damaged, our gums can start receding, leaving the teeth roots exposed to many dangers. At this point, it might be necessary to add fillings, do root canals, or even extract the unhealthy teeth.

The teeth close to the gums aren’t shiny

The reason teeth are a little darker under the gums is that they aren’t protected by enamel. When the gums start receding, the teeth underneath become yellow or darker. Without the protection of enamel, they get exposed to all kinds of germs and bacteria.

Your teeth are too sensitive

Similar to receding gums, teeth can get sensitive when the enamel is removed. It happens because the teeth roots are left unprotected, and the nerves are hit hard. If you have trouble drinking too hot or too cold beverages and biting hard foods, go to a dentist.

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Your toothbrush’s bristles are worn

When the bristles seem to get worn down faster than usual, it might mean that you are brushing your teeth wrong. Most people use hard bristles, so when they apply too much pressure, it damages the teeth. If you feel like you are changing toothbrushes every few weeks, it means you are doing it too hard.

Now that you know these 4 signs of wrong teeth-brushing, let’s see 3 efficient ways of solving the issue:

Use a soft-bristle toothbrush

It’s not only the speed with which you brush your teeth that harms them but also the quality of your toothbrush. The first step is choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles. Keep your brush at a 45 degrees angle, and gently brush back and forth. You can also hold your toothbrush with your non-dominant hand to alleviate some of the pressure.

Try holding your toothbrush with only 3 fingers

Holding your toothbrush like a pen helps you apply the correct pressure on your teeth since you can easily control how much strength you put into your hand.

Use a less abrasive toothpaste

The toothpaste needs to be abrasive enough to do its work and clean our teeth correctly. A highly abrasive toothpaste cleans more than it should, removing the enamel along with the dirt.

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Signs Of Brushing Too Hard – What To Look For