Let’s talk about why the harder the better when brushing teeth is incorrect. Lots of people, myself included, used to think that brushing harder was better. I thought it made sense to scrub those teeth sparkling clean. However, it is the opposite and I wish more people were aware of this.
First, the bristles on a toothbrush are fabricated in such a way that if you press too hard, they actually splay flat. Then they aren’t working anymore because they are flat. You don’t want the bristles to not work, that would be a waste of time. And the other thing is you’re just pressing hard but the bristles are still there, that’s actually even worse. Because at least in the first scenario, you just aren’t brushing your teeth still, bad black and tartar will build up faster.
But in this case, if you’re pressing super hard and the bristles are still working, you can literally brush your gums away causing gum recession.
Gum recession is where your gums are literally receding away from your tooth. When you have too much gum recession the tooth root starts to become exposed when it’s usually protected by the gums but now it’s not protected. It’s all open and naked, and it oftentimes feels super sensitive to cold sensations which can lead to a bunch of other tooth issues.
In addition, severe gum recession can lead to mobile teeth, and loose teeth because there’s no tissue surrounding them. A whole bunch of other problems can happen when you lose gum tissue. So that’s another reason why you should not brush too hard. You do not want to physically brush away your gums. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a gentle light grip when holding your toothbrush.
I hope this helped you.