We don't realize it, but the majority of us brush our teeth far too hard! We've been fooled into thinking that the harder we brush, the better we are cleaning, when it can in fact result in the opposite:
permanent damage to your teeth and gums! We've seen first hand how common a problem this is from analyzing our member's bristles, so we created this quiz to help you recognize if you're a hard brusher and provide 5 tricks to help curb this
Why is hard brushing bad?
We aren’t sure if it comes from watching cartoons as a kid or commercials as an adult, but at some point we're led to believe that brushing teeth is about vigorously rubbing away “dirt”! Guess what – it isn’t! Your enamel is kept perfectly clean by rinsing with water, eating fibrous food, and gentle rubbing! The true reason for brushing is to get the thin bristles into tight spots between teeth and the gum line to remove particles that can cause plaque buildup (which doesn't require any force at all!)
Brushing too hard erodes enamel. Enamel prevents bacteria from entering the tooth. When it erodes, the core of the tooth is left unprotected, leading to decay and cavities. Enamel can’t repair itself, so take care of it! The same is true for your gums! You've seen the images at the dentist – when gums start to fade away and reveal the roots? Well, it doesn’t take much to link hard bristles and brushing as a primary cause for this, and the damage is often irreversible! Take the below quiz and soak in the correct answers to help fight this bad habit!