Is Brushing Your Teeth 3 Times a Day Bad?

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Is brushing your teeth 3 times a day bad? The quick answer is NO.

Brushing your teeth 3 times a day or every after meal is one of the best oral care habits you can have.

Some people have sensitive gums and teeth which makes it look like frequent brushing is more harmful than helpful. If you’re one of these people you need to ask yourself the following questions: 

1. Are you brushing your teeth too hard?
2. Are you using a soft bristle brush?

Using a stiff bristle toothbrush can hurt your gum if you brush too hard. According to Gene Romo of the ADA, brushing too hard can lead to:

Recessed teeth caused by brushing too hard leads to sensitive teeth and gums. Moreover, it can also destroy the glossy enamel of your teeth. Leading to yellow looking teeth instead of pearly whites. 

Yes, sensitive teeth and gums toothpaste exists. This article is about how to prevent this from happening in the first place. 

Signs You’re Brushing Too Hard

It’s easy to tell if you’re brushing too hard. The American Dental Association suggests insists on being mindful of the frequency you’re changing your toothbrush.


1. If your toddler’s toothbrush needs to change in less than 3 weeks, you might be brushing too hard. 

2. Check your brush after a month or two. You might be brushing too hard if your toothbrush looks like it’s been inside a grinder.

Sounds easy to spot, right? The problem is that we’re not mindful of these little details. We often think that it doesn’t matter as long as we brush three times a day.

This issue only comes to our attention when it starts hurting. If it does hurt, here’s how to brush your teeth the proper way.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly – Brushing Your Teeth 3 Times a Day

Most of the online hygiene guides will work well for many people. However, sometimes, there are outliers or edge cases that are not addressed by these generalized guides and tips. This brushing guide is for people with sensitive teeth and gums.

Brushing your teeth 3 times a day or after every meal remains the standard. If you suffer from bleeding gums and sensitive teeth, you need to maintain, at least, a twice-a-day brushing and flossing habit.

What you need:

1. A soft brush or electric toothbrush (with soft bristles)
2. A natural toothpaste for sensitive teeth
3. A floss (regular floss, soft pick, water pick, etc…)

We wrote an article about flossing. Do you know if you need to floss before or after brushing? Check it out to know the best practice.

Before starting, make sure to have your toothpaste. Then, follow these instructions:

Step 1: ADA suggests to use your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gum
Step 2: Use a soft brush to gently brush

Note: A common mistake is to brush as hard as you can. All of us fall back to misstep when we’re not mindful. For instance, we tend to brush hard when we’re rushing in the morning. Brushing hard doesn’t mean brushing well.

Step 3: Use gentle strokes like dragging the toothbrush on delicate ceramic as opposed to scrubbing a stone floor
Step 4: Brushing should take at least 2 minutes. Spend a minimum of 30-seconds for each quadrant of your mouth.  
Step 5: Gargle and rinse

How to Brush Using an Electric Toothbrush

Step 1: Regardless of the setting, try to guide the electric toothbrush 

Note: New electric toothbrushes have timers. Set it for 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth.

Step 2: Don’t push the toothbrush into your teeth too much. Let the ultrasonic pulses or the rotating-oscillating head clean your teeth
Step 3: Gargle and rinse your mouth

Again, you can floss before or after brushing whichever one you prefer. We have an article specifically about whether you need to floss before brushing or brush first before flossing that you can read here. 

For this guide, I’ll leave that for you to decide but don’t dismiss flossing because it will help prevent plaque buildup and a ton of mouth diseases.

Hygiene Tips for Fresh-Aid Oral Health Care Kit

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