If you’re reading this, you probably already suspect you’re overbrushing! Over-brushing can cause long-term sensitivity and gum recession over time, so it’s important to be gentle.

When it comes to brushing away plaque, opt for style over strength.

Here are some simple ways you can tell you’re overdoing it:

1. Your gums bleed when you brush.

If you’re spitting blood down the sink most of the time after you brush, it could mean you’re cutting into your gums. How ruthless of you!

2. Your teeth are chronically sensitive.

If your sensitivity remains even after switching toothpastes to a brand like Sensodyne, it suggests your brushing style is the common denominator.

3. You have to replace your toothbrush more often than 3-4 weeks.

If you are noticing splayed bristles after only a couple of weeks, it’s usually a sign that you’re pressing too hard.

If you are experiencing any or all of the above, here are some ways to improve your brushing experience and take some pressure off those little guys!

1. Buy a new toothbrush.

Hard-bristle toothbrushes are always too hard on teeth, so only use brushes with soft bristles. If you’re still scrubbing too hard with a soft-bristle toothbrush (look for those splayed bristles), ask your friendly local hygienist for tips on finessing your brushing style the next time you’re in.

Simple brushing tip:

Brush in a gentle circular motion to get into the cracks and crevices and around your gums, rather than putting more force into brushing only back and forth or up and down.

2. Don’t brush your teeth more than three times a day.

If you have good technique and a soft-bristle brush but are still experiencing sensitivity or gum pain, this might be the culprit. We’re very happy to hear that you are dedicated to keeping your teeth clean! However, brushing more than three times a day is overkill.

3. Teeth sensitivity isn’t caused only by over-brushing or brushing too hard.

If what we’ve about here doesn’t sound like you, talk to your hygienist or dentist about any ongoing discomfort or observations you’ve made that your gums are sore or receding. That’s what we’re here for!