If you think you have a tendency to overbrush, there are a three simple rules you can follow to avoid overbrushing in the future: changing your toothbrush, patience, and flossing.
If you’re using a classic nylon toothbrush that has become worn, the potential for damaging your gums is greater. Instead, look for toothbrushes labeled as “soft” or “ultra soft,” or considering using a toothbrush with natural fibers instead of nylon. Remember that the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends changing your toothbrush every three months.
Patience is also an important thing to keep in mind. Brushing your teeth can be relaxing, something that helps you settle into the idea of going to sleep or waking up. There is no need to rush, and the suggested two minutes won’t go by faster if you do.
Flossing can go perfectly with tooth brushing, and can also help you avoid overbrushing. Flossing your teeth before brushing can help to dislodge food particles before you begin brushing, making it easier to clean your teeth without straining.
If you are looking for a dentist in midtown Manhattan to help you maintain your oral health, please call 212-557-8668
today for an appointment with Dr. Karthilde Appolon at Appolon Dental Group in Columbus Circle.