Could You Be Over Brushing Your Teeth?

Many people don’t know that over brushing is a real thing. In fact, many people believe the harder they brush, the more they can ensure they’re giving their teeth a good cleaning. This, in fact, is not a good thing and can actually cause harm to your teeth. 

How Do I Know if I’m Over Brushing?

If you do not have gum disease, yet your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, this is often an indication that you’re brushing too hard. Do your teeth feel a little sensitive when you drink or eat something super cold? Not just one tooth but, all of them or most of them? If so, this could be a sign you’re brushing too hard. Many times, Gentle Family Dentistry can tell you if you’re brushing too hard based on your checkup.

What Can Happen if I Brush Too Hard?

Outside of causing your gums to bleed and your teeth to become sensitive, you can strip away the enamel on your teeth. This enamel protects your teeth from infection and decay. The more it’s worn away, the duller and less white your teeth will look, the more sensitive they will be, and you’re at a higher risk for decay. Wearing away the enamel can also cause your teeth to not be as strong leading to cracks and chips to occur, which can lead to infection, tooth decay, etc. 

How Can I Fix This Issue?

Of course, first things first, be gentle when brushing your teeth. You don’t have to do it vigorously or hard, gentle round brushes will work perfectly to clean your teeth effectively. If you don’t have a soft bristled brush, get one. Having a softer brush helps you from brushing too hard. The softer bristles ensure that if you forget and brush too hard, it still won’t be as harsh on your teeth. The best way to combat issues like this is to be educated. Learning about brushing too hard is a step in the right direction. Also, going to regular checkups with help as well. They can alert you to whether or not you’re brushing too hard and help you with adjusting the issue. Whether this means instructing you on how to brush properly or giving you suggestions on the right toothbrush for you, they can help with your specific circumstances. Checkups are also vital because they can catch any damage that may have already popped up from over brushing and can stop it or reverse it before it becomes too big of an issue.


If you’re unsure whether or not you’re over brushing, never be afraid to give a quick call to your dentist or go in for an appointment. It’s worth it for that beautiful and healthy smile.