What is Brush Abrasion?
Abrasion is the abnormal wear of a tooth. It is usually caused by a toothpaste that is too abrasive or gritty or by aggressive brushing with a hard bristled brush.Toothbrush abrasion is the damage and wear that is caused by brushing your teeth and gums too hard. You’ll usually see it near the gum line
What are the Symptoms of Abrasion?
Common symptoms include increased sensitivity to heat. For example, your gums may burn when drinking hot drinks. Some people also report an increased sensitivity to cold. Your teeth may seem to sting when eating cold foods such as ice cream. If allowed to progress, abrasion can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel.
What are the steps to Prevent Abrasion?
• You should use the least abrasive toothpaste possible, i.e. toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
• You should use a soft toothbrush. Brush with a circular, not back and forward, motion.
• Brush gently. Plaque is soft and is easily removed, so there’s no need for you to use excessive pressure. Remember to “brush,” not scrub!
• Reducing the frequency of drinking carbonated drinks and fruit juices with high levels of acidity is the key to preventing erosion of the teeth