Don’t kill your teeth with kindness!
Brushing too hard can actually lead to gum problems, sensitivity and tooth decay. Teeth and gums are delicate tissues and brushing too hard (or with too much firm a toothbrush) can actually cause the gums to recede from the neck of the tooth (where the gum and tooth meets).
Gum recession exposes the soft inner layer of the tooth called Dentine.
Dentine is more prone to tooth decay, wear and sensitivity.
So how should we brush our teeth???
The goal of teeth brushing is to remove plaque – the soft white sticky film made up of bacteria, food and saliva residues.
Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle brush. Aim the toothbrush towards the gum line and brush in a circular motion, avoiding horizontal scrubbing motions.
An electric toothbrush can be a good aid to help facilitate brushing technique.