Is it possible to do anything too much? Of course.
Eat too much healthy food. Drink too much water. Excercise too much – and you’ll run into problems. If you believe it, the same can be said for brushing your teeth.
Every day, our dentists in the Anaheim area and dentists around the world see patients who have slowly but surely worn down their teeth. They didn’t do it with candy or nailbiting though. Many of them did it with their toothbrushes, a little too much enthusiasm, and not quite enough instruction or care.
Word to the wise: just like working out or staying hydrated – there is certainly too much of a good thing when it comes to taking care of your teeth.
Fortunately, there’s another step in this manufacturing process that most (not all) quality toothbrushes undergo. After the bristles are cut to be the same height, they are treated in such a way that the sharp edges of the nylon bristles are rounded into hemispherical, soft domes – this, too, is visible underneath the microscope. This process makes the toothbrush bristles safe to use. After being rounded, they are far less abrasive than when they are freshly cut and safe to use because they don’t scrape away tooth structure.
The smoothness of your bristles also gets worn away back to its original jaggedness via brushing, which is why you may have heard that dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush often. The key is to throw away your toothbrush before the bristles splay, because by that point, it’s too late. Splayed bristles mean you’ve been using a worn toothbrush that is too abrasive and has been wearing away your tooth structure.
Any dental patient should understand that overbrushing can (and usually) will gradually wear away at your dental enamel. And there are a few different parts to minimizing the damage. First: you should understand how your toothbrush is made. Every toothbrush bristle is an amalgamation of nylon strands that are then softened down (and microscopically rounded) to prevent them from being jagged.
Over time, the smoothness of your toothbrush’s bristles gradually gets worn down – returning your toothbrush bristles to their original jaggedness. This is a primary reason why your dentist encourages you to change your toothbrush often, to make sure that you’re getting the best of it and not doing any unnecessary damage.
So, do you need to brush 2 or maybe 3 times a day? Sure. Go for it! But 5 or 6 times a day could be overdoing it. For better results, don’t brush more – brush right. Check our latest post on brushing for some helpful tips: Are You Brushing Your Teeth Right?