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Is there such thing as brushing teeth too much? i brush my teeth at least 5 times a day; when i wake up, before i go to bed, after every meal, and sometimes more. i have really white teeth as a result but can brushing so much be bad at all? also when i br

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Zev Kaufman
Dentistry - Cosmetic 28 years experience
Yes, : Yes, you can over-brush your teeth. As a matter of fact, you can cause irreparable damage to you're teeth and gums. Teeth can, and will be abraded, and so will your gums. It is not how many times you brush that us important, but how well you do it. Have your dentist evaluate your brushing technique. If it is good, twice a day will suffice.
Dr. Lee Patalowski
Specializes in Dentistry
If : If you are using the proper technique with a proper brush, you can not over brush your teeth. Make sure you are using a soft toothbrush with a non-abrasive toothpaste and you will be fine. Keep up the good work!
Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funarianswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
Excessive : Excessive brushing, especially when combined with a "whitening tooth paste" or an improper technique, can lead to excessive wearing of the tooth's enamel, notching of teeth at the gum line and recession of the gum tissue. Discuss this with your dentist so that the proper tooth brush, brushing technique, and tooth paste can be recommended. An ultrasonic tooth brush may be a partial answer for you to reduce the damaging effects of scrubbing your teeth to aggressively.
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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