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A 32-year-old member asked:

Could brushing your teeth too much cause gum disease?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 28 years experience
Not directly, but..: Tooth brushing is absolutely your first line of defense against gum disease. But people who brush their gums "too hard" can actually cause great harm. Being too rough on your gums can lead to recession. When gums recede, the roots of the teeth and surrounding bone are susceptible to further bacterial attack. That- is clinical gum disease. So brush properly and gently and don't forget to floss.
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Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 38 years experience
No: No. Gum disease is untreated bacterial infection that produces irritants that cause the gums to swell and cause bone to be lost, which leads to gum recession and loose teeth. Overbrushing can lead to gingival (gum) recession if too much force is used, as in heavy scrubbing motion or using a hard or firm bristle toothbrush.
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A 27-year-old male asked:

Should you brush your gums when brushing your teeth?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
To a point: As you brush your teeth at the gumline, you will invariably also brush your gums. Use a soft bristle toothbrush, and don't overdo it, since excessive brushing can cause tooth abrasion and gum recession.
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Last updated Mar 7, 2014

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