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Most of our patients at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry understand the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day. They know that if they do so, they’ll be able to remove plaque and keep their teeth and gums in tip-top shape. Regular teeth brushing can also reduce their risk of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other conditions.

Every once in a while, we get a patient who tells us that they brush their teeth every hour or at least 5 or 10 times a day. While we appreciate their commitment to their oral health, we explain to them that there is such thing as over-brushing.

Believe it or not, brushing your teeth for more than three times a day can cause your enamel to wear down and damage your gums. Since tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body and can protect you from cavities, it’s important to protect your enamel. Over-brushing can damage your enamel and lead to sensitivity, making your teeth more prone to cavities.

Our office along with the American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Any more than that can do more harm than good. After all, too much of anything is never really a good thing. Short Pump, VA dentist River Run Dental suggests twice a day but potentially three times a day if you eat something that is sticky.

Schedule an Appointment at Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you are wondering whether or not you’re over-brushing your teeth and causing problems, we encourage you to contact our office at 703-439-1214 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to examine your mouth and pinpoint any problems.