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Does Brushing Too Hard Cause Yellow Teeth?

Posted on 5/15/2024 by The Implant Center at Comprehensive Dental
mature white couple smiling and brushing their teeth in the bathroom mirrorYellow teeth can be embarrassing. While many people think that brushing harder will make their teeth cleaner and whiter, that is actually a myth. The truth is that brushing your teeth too hard can make them more prone to yellowing.

Consider this analogy: Clothes that you wash frequently. Over time, you will notice that these clothes start to lose their vibrancy and become dull. Similarly, shoes that you wear frequently show signs of wear on the soles. This same principle applies to your teeth. If you brush too hard or aggressively, your teeth can also lose their natural vibrancy and become yellow.

How Brushing Your Teeth Hard Might Turn Them Yellow

Brushing your teeth every day is supposed to keep them clean and free from dental plaque. However, brushing your teeth too hard can have damaging effects, such as the following:

Your Enamel Wears With Too Much Friction

When you brush your teeth too hard, you are creating significant friction between your teeth and the brush. The friction wears off your enamel, and it becomes thin over a prolonged period. Ultimately, your enamel will thin, and your teeth will no longer look white. Your enamel is the substance that makes your teeth appear white, and once it is lost, your teeth will look more yellow. Additionally, saliva actively protects your tooth color by neutralizing acids and washing away food particles. However, excessive brushing can disrupt this natural process.

Brushing Your Teeth Exposes the Dentin

Your teeth are like coconuts, with an outer covering and an inner covering. The outer covering is called enamel, and it is white in color. It is the hard, protective layer of your teeth. The inner part of your teeth is called dentin, and it is naturally yellow. Dentin is softer and less dense than enamel. If you brush too hard, you will wear down the outer enamel and expose the dentin.

Brush Your Teeth Gently

Brushing gently exerts less pressure on your teeth, minimizing damage to your tooth enamel. To do this, switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush and use gentle, circular motions when brushing. This helps preserve your enamel. So, the next time you brush, remember that less is more.
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