Harder is NOT better

This is a common belief when it comes to bristles on the toothbrush and brushing. in fact you don't need a hard toothbrush because plaque is soft. Brush gently to avoid harming the gums; removing plaque doesn't require much pressure!

  • Brushing too hard only causes damage.
  • Ever since we were children, we've been told that brushing our teeth properly is important to protect against cavities.
  • So plenty of us approach the task with the enthusiasm of an army cadet trying to clean his dirty boots - we figure the harder we scrub, the harder the results will be.
  • But brushing your teeth requires a more delicate approach. People can literally kill their teeth with kindness.
  • While teeth themselves are hard, they're surrounded by gums, which are soft. You do need to clean along the line where the gum need meets your teeth, but brushing with too much pressure (or with too firm a toothbrush) can actually do more harm than good because it can wear down the thin top layer of the enamel.
  • Once the gums recede, which means it shrinks away from the neck of the tooth, it's usually irreversible. it won't grow back.
  • This exposes the neck of your tooth, where there is no hard enamel covering the soft inner tooth layer called dentine. The enamel, which helps protect against decay, covers only the part of the tooth that sits above the gums.
  • Once the dentine is exposed, it means the tooth is more vulnerable to decay from bacteria feeding on remnants of food. It can also cause your teeth to become highly sensitive because of exposed nerve endings in the porous dentine.