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Myth: The Harder You Brush, The Cleaner Your Teeth [ video ]


– Hi, it’s Dr. Shehan from Dentists of Ivanhoe and today I want to talk to you about the myth the harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth.

Look, it seems logical, right? The harder you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be. But unfortunately, it’s not. What it does is it actually causes damage for your teeth and your gums if you brush too hard, especially if you used a medium or a hard bristle toothbrush.

As you brush too hard, your gums will recede away. So the gums will pull away from the tooth, which exposes the root, which is the sensitive part of your tooth. And as you keep brushing away, that root starts to wear down, losing the enamel and the root surfaces on those teeth.

Now, in very, very, severe cases, this process can keep happening, keep brushing away the tooth and actually lead to the exposure of the nerve, which can be very, very painful. Simple solution, guys, use a soft toothbrush. Use a very soft, gentle motion for brushing your teeth. Brush twice a day, brush thoroughly, but make sure you’re being gentle with your teeth.

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