Is it pos­si­ble to over­brush your teeth?

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—Siti Aishah It sure is. Brush­ing too vig­or­ously can even­tu­ally erode your gum tis­sue and tooth enamel, par­tic­u­larly if you’re us­ing a hard tooth­brush. Look for a soft head and ap­ply gen­tle pres­sure and cir­cu­lar mo­tions when you clean—saw­ing back and forth is too harsh.

Us­ing an elec­tric tooth­brush? You shouldn’t re­ally be brush­ing at all. The de­vice ro­tates the bris­tles for you, so all you have to do is slowly glide it along your teeth. Treat­ing it like your nor­mal brush adds un­nec­es­sary pres­sure that will in­crease your risk for gum and enamel dam­age.

And just FYI, you don’t help your oral health by brush­ing longer, ei­ther. Never brush your teeth for more than two min­utes, two or three times a day. And since frayed bris­tles can also in­jure your gums, al­ways re­mem­ber to re­place your brush or brush head ev­ery three months.

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