Consider yourself a fastidious brusher? Well, dentists have warned too much pressure and quick motions could be causing more harm than good.
There are reports that dentists are seeing a spike in patients presenting with gum problems from their electric toothbrush.
Dr Beeta Salek-Haddadi, a cosmetic dentist at Smile Solutions in London, said: “I’m seeing an increasing number of patients with abrasion cavities and gum problems after using these powerful electric gadgets in the wrong way.
“People are brushing too hard and fast with them and it’s causing damage.”
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Furthermore, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology says electric toothbrushes could permanently damage teeth enamel and gums, because most people don’t know how much pressure to apply.
Here are some other brushing mistakes we make when it comes to our teeth and why it could be causing bacteria build-up, tooth decay and other health-related nasties in your mouth:
Text: bauersyndication.com.au / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok