Fresh-Mouth Feeling: The Downside of Using Too Much Toothpaste

Smiling woman holding a tooth-brushWhile toothpaste can keep your teeth clean and white, too much of it can do more harm than good. Studies suggest that toothpaste abuse can damage the teeth, with effects like teeth discoloration. The problem is many believe that brushing more can make their teeth cleaner and whiter. This is not true, though, as this habit causes the enamel to become thinner.

More Toothpaste

Tooth damage caused by toothpaste is often due to filling the entire head of the brush, instead of using a pea-sized amount. Some, on the other hand, brush twice each time, causing them to use more than the recommended amount of paste. It is important to note that toothpaste contain abrasives (more in whitening toothpaste), and using too much can sabotage your smile.

Too Much Force

Mahoney Family Dentistry and other family dentistry centers note that when excessive toothpaste used is combined with rigorous brushing, the enamel suffers. This causes it to reveal the underneath layer called dentin, which is yellow in color. The results, of course, will depend on the time spent in brushing, as well as the force applied. When too much enamel is lost, you will need to consult your dentist for treatment and restoration.

Firmer Bristles

While it is true that toothpaste has abrasives, the firmness of the toothbrush bristles can also compromise your teeth. Hard or firm bristles can wear the enamel faster, especially if you brush with too much pressure. This is why is always better to use those with soft bristles, and use gentle, circular strokes when cleaning your teeth.

Tooth Abrasion

Note, however, that tooth abrasion or enamel wear, is not only caused by using too much toothpaste or brushing vigorously. Bruxism or teeth grinding can also contribute to the problem, as well as eating or drinking too many acidic foods and beverages. Brushing too soon after a meal can also sabotage your smile; it is best to wait at least 30 to 60 minutes.

Don’t let brushing work against your favor. Be sure use the right amount of toothpaste, choose the right bush, and use gentle strokes. It is also best to consult your dentist for checkups and cleanings, and more tips on taking care of your teeth.