Are you using too much toothpaste?

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Brushing and flossing are the best ways to keep our teeth and gums healthy.

But most of us probably don't pay too much attention to the amount of toothpaste we are using when cleaning our pearly whites each morning and night.

So, it is possible to use too much toothpaste? Dr Aneka Khaira, founder of Vogue Dental, is adamant using too much toothpaste can actually cause more harm than good.

"When using too much toothpaste there is an excess of abrasives in your mouth which can lead to tooth structure loss and gum recession," she warned. "The sad irony is that many adults brush especially hard and use a large amount of toothpaste (especially the whitening kind) in an effort to brighten and whiten their smile."

In general, adults need to use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste each time they brush, while children aged under three years need even less.

"The amount of toothpaste you should put on your toothbrush can vary based on the type of toothpaste you use, your age, whether you rinse after brushing, and your personal preferences," Dr Aneka continued. "It doesn't matter whether you use a manual toothbrush or one with a spinning head or sonic vibrations, the size of the bristles or the type of toothbrush doesn't determine how much toothpaste you should use."

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