You mean well, but if you are brushing with too much force your are damaging the enamel of your teeth. Choose a quality toothbrush that has bristles that do not splay out while brushing. A good toothbrush should last three months.
Always brush gently with an up and down motion, never horizontally. Toothbrushes are intended to brush your teeth with their tips not the sides of the bristles. Electric toothbrushes increase the abrasiveness of the toothpaste. We do not recommend them.
How do I know if my toothpaste is abrasive?
Toothpastes have an RDA value which indicates their abrasiveness. An RDA value of 100 or less indicates a toothpaste that will not damage your enamel. Toothpastes with tarter control or whiteners have high RDA values.
People who have gum disease are prone to damage by abrasion. Their dentin may be exposed below their gum line. Dentin is much softer than enamel.
Your morning ritual may be adding to your gum recession
Acidity of your coffee, energy drinks and some fruit juices can also damage your enamel. Drinking a glass of water and swishing your mouth with water afterwards will help.
We are living longer and we want your teeth to last your lifetime if you care for them properly. These few tips may help save your teeth and save you money.