Why Brushing Your Teeth More than Twice a Day Can Damage Your Oral Microbiome
We received an interesting question from a customer over the weekend. She asked us if brushing her teeth more than three times a day was advisable. Now that many of us are working from home, we might find ourselves brushing our teeth more often, which can only be positive, right?
Well, the reality is, obsessive toothbrushing can have detrimental effects on your oral health.
Our resident dental experts, Mike and Toby, make the following observations:
"Brushing your teeth properly twice a day is a crucial step in removing plaque and harmful biofilm. But excessive brushing (i.e. brushing more than twice a day) damages your teeth through abrasion. This worsens when you eat acidic foods such as fruit, tomatoes, and smoothies. People believe they're brushing to get rid of food debris but, as a consequence, they are also removing important biofilm. Biofilm is a natural layer that covers every area of our mouths and, when healthy, works as a defense barrier. So, by disturbing your biofilm twice a day, you allow the beneficial bacteria to remain and protect your teeth and gums.
There is overwhelming evidence that brushing twice a day (and only twice a day) is best. And we are a scientific evidence based company, so can confidently say that the ideal combination is brushing twice a day, then using our ‘Remarkable Mints’ throughout the day, to remineralise your teeth, reduce harmful bacteria, and neutralise your acids."
Please contact us if you have any other questions regarding your oral health. We are here to help!
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