Skip to main content
(770) 796-7081 Contact Us
Are You Brushing Too Hard? Marietta, GA

Are You Brushing Too Hard?

Marietta GA Family Dentist

When it comes to cleaning, the harder you scrub the better, right? Not necessarily. If you are treating your daily teeth cleaning session like scrubbing your floors, you are doing it all wrong. In fact, you could be causing more harm than good.

Brushing too hard is a common mistake that patients of all ages make. Not only can brushing too aggressively damage your teeth, it can also wreak havoc on the condition of your gums. Telltale signs that you need to lighten up is tooth sensitivity and receding gums. Brushing too hard can also cause worn down enamel and bone loss around the teeth. At its worst, your forceful brushing habit can even contribute to tooth loss.

It is important to keep in mind that your gums are soft and delicate tissues. They cannot withstand abrasive and harsh scrubbing from your toothbrush twice a day. When these gums wear down, the roots of your teeth are more exposed, which makes them highly sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.

Your tooth enamel is the outermost layer of your tooth, which is what comes in contact with your toothbrush. While enamel is strong, it can still wear down with bad habits over time. Once your enamel wears thin, the soft (and sensitive) dentin layer is more visible – leaving you vulnerable to decay and discoloration.

Last but not least, patients should know that plaque is actually a soft substance that can be easily removed with mild to moderate force. It is essentially a buildup of bacteria, saliva, and food debris. Just aim your toothbrush at the gum line (where plaque likes to grow) and brush in small circular motions. Avoid using a harsh, back-and-forth motion when cleaning your teeth. Also, use a soft bristled toothbrush and hold it at a 45 degree angle. Try to grip your toothbrush lightly, as patients who tightly squeeze their brush often end up brushing harder.

Need more brushing tips? Regardless of whether you’ve been brushing your teeth for 5 years or 50 years, you can still improve your technique. If you’ve been scrubbing your teeth instead of brushing, try to change your habits sooner rather than later. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome the opportunity to help you care for your smile at home. If you already have signs of gum recession or worn enamel, let us know. We are confident we can restore your teeth at our Marietta office.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

Schedule an Appointment

We’d love to have you as part of our practice family.
Please call us at (770) 796-7081.

Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

Our Office

Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

Call to Schedule an Appointment:
(770) 796-7081

Gilreath Family Dentistry waiting room Marietta GA.