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Harmful Dental Habits To Avoid

Bad habits can harm your teeth, so it’s important to steer clear of actions that can cause damage and institute more positive habits to keep your smile healthy. You should be discussing healthy dental habits at your semiannual checkups at your family dentistry practice.

Factors That Can Damage Your Smile

Oral bacteria can damage your smile by attacking your enamel and causing cavities as well as causing inflammation in your gum tissue, leading to periodontal disease. Those bacteria feed on sugars that stay in the mouth after a person eats, so excessive consumption of sugar or even simple carbs can give bacteria an important source of nutrition and increase your risk of oral diseases. If you don’t get your teeth professionally cleaned at a family dentistry practice at least twice a year, your smile could suffer. Additionally, facial trauma can harm your teeth, as can biting into hard objects.

Bad Habits To Avoid

  • Using your teeth as tools: Your teeth were designed to chew food, not to crack nuts or open bottles or packages. So don’t try to use them for those purposes.
  • Chewing on hard or non-food items: If you bite into a hard object, like a pencil or even a fingernail, at minimum, you’ll cause premature wear and tear on your teeth. You could even break a tooth. Food is the only thing you should be chewing on.
  • Skipping out on your home oral hygiene routine: Don’t have time to brush your teeth every day? Well, you can count on plaque accumulating along your gumline. You should be brushing twice each day for two minutes each time and flossing once a day.
  • Avoiding the dentist: Your family dentistry practice is an important line of defense against oral diseases. If you don’t get exams and cleanings twice a year, your risk of cavities, gum disease and other concerns increases significantly. Even if you are diligent about brushing your teeth every day, you still need to see your dentist periodically to be examined and to have a dental hygienist remove any lingering plaque and tartar that have accumulated on your smile.

Talk to our dental team to see if there are any bad dental habits that you need to break or good ones that you should work into your routine. If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Barry Buchanan today.