Is brushing 3 times a day overbrushing?
What's your take on floss?
Floss > brushing. To my dismay. Since I really didn't do much of either, but the flossing got me in the end.
In short, floss properly twice a day. Brush when you feel like it, but remember why you are brushing, it is a broader form of flossing really. Its to remove debris, but more importantly introduce oxygen into the gum line. Flossing gets most of this done. Once you understand you are really brush where your teeth meet each other and the gums, it should change how you brush.
Brushing feels better but not as effective. If I had flossed once a day, I wouldn't be dealing with what I am now. Not brushing hardly ever till I was an adult did almost nothing.
Brushing should be done with almost no force applied expect to make contact with the teeth and gums. And then while attempting the impossible feat of trying to keep the tips of the bristles in place you move the brush back and forth. This action removes debris and gets into the gum line. Wildly brushing does almost nothing.
Electronic brushes if they are more effective are only so because you can just barely touch them to your teeth and then they take care of the rest.
Back and forth, reset the head on the next part of the mouth, do it again.
I should probably get an electronic brush, as even I go a little too hard, and I barely apply any pressure.
One piece of sage brushing advice if you don't do it already:
When doing you lower teeth in the front, pull your lip far down. People get a lot of gum irritation at the dentist office in this area, because when they brush an involuntary muscle contraction happen which effectively moves the gum line up. Pulling the lip down mitigates this and you are able to more effectively condition the gums in that area.
From the halls of consumer research to you.