TEETH brushing is part of everyone’s daily routine.

Dentists recommend that we do this twice a day and floss for good measure.

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But one expert has now revealed that even if you clean your pearly whites as recommended – you might actually be doing it wrong.

Dental nurse Rebecca James from Define Clinic, Beaconsfield, Bucks said some people might be doing it too hard.

The guru said that it’s essential to find a balance between brushing effectively and not applying too much pressure, as this can cause detrimental effects and damage the enamel surface of the teeth.

“The aim when brushing our teeth is to remove any plaque that can build up normally within 24 hours.

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“This can be done by gently massaging the teeth and gums.

“Brushing too hard can cause harm to the soft tissues and tooth surface.

“Only a gentle pressure should be applied – electric toothbrushes work very well as most of them now have light activators that will show red if you’re brushing too hard”, she added.

It’s important to let the brush do the work, she explained, as brushing too aggressively can damage the enamel surface, causing sensitivity as well as causing gum recession.


Her comments echo that of cosmetic dentist and Real Housewives of Cheshire star, Dr Hannah Kinsella who said the way you’re brushing your teeth could make a difference when it comes to their health and whiteness.

She said: “Instead of brushing teeth aggressively with a hard grip – which can be a natural response – try to hold your toothbrush at the very end and use a grip as if you’re holding a pen.

“This will reduce pressure to the brush and the teeth, therefore protecting them from damage. All of these things can contribute to whiter teeth!”

Dr Kinsella, who is also the founder of Kiln Lane Dental Clinic & Icy Bear Dental Care said that using a sonic toothbrush – rather than a manual brush, will also help whiten teeth.

“Using a sonic electric toothbrush can provide a powerful dynamic cleaning action that helps to keep teeth and gums healthy by removing plaque, as well as effective stain removal which helps to brighten teeth and restore them to their natural whiteness”, she added.

Rebecca added that it is also important to brush your tongue daily whilst brushing your teeth to remove any bacteria that has collected throughout the day.

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This, Rebecca says will help avoid any unwanted bad breath.

If you are worried or concerned about your dental hygiene then you should visit your dentist.

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