Regular cleaning of your teeth is necessary, to prevent oral illnesses and teeth loss. However, how much cleaning is enough? Is it possible to ‘over-clean’ teeth?

Key takeaways:

– Brushing aggressively, especially when using hard-bristled toothbrush damage the enamel, resulting in discolouration.

– You should only floss once per day, to avoid disrupting the gum line.

– Mouthwash kills germs in our mouths but when used excessively, it can lead to oral cancer.

Talk to your dentist about the best oral cleaning routines for you. Avoid smoking, alcohol and acidic foods.

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Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.