Common Bad Dental Habits and How to Break Them
By Patrick Casey on June 30, 2015
At Smile Montreal, we offer some of the latest restorative dentistry procedures to improve dental health as well as advanced cosmetic dentistry to make smiles look their best. However, preventative care tends to be the most ideal option, and that's conveyed through good general dentistry and patient education.
That's why we'd like to look at some of the most common bad dental health habits and what you should consider to break the habit.
Not Brushing Regularly
While it's ideal to brush your teeth after every meal, you should at least be brushing your teeth at least twice a day. Some people neglect to do even this, however, which makes tooth decay far more likely. Be sure to brush regularly and to use a toothbrush that has a small head and soft bristles.
Forgetting or Neglecting to Floss
Flossing after every meal is ideal as well, though once a night should be good for getting rid of some pesky food particles between your teeth. Again, some people don't floss for long stretches of time. Be sure to do so diligently, and to be gentle when you're flossing as well.
Chewing on Hard or Inedible Objects
Biting your fingernails, chewing on drinking straws, and chomping down on ice cubes. These are social faux pas, and these bad habits are also bad for your dental health. Be sure to avoid doing these activities to prevent tooth damage in the long run.
Opening Bags with Your Teeth
We've all done it at least once, and while tearing into a bag of potato chips with your teeth may seem effective and harmless, it's just as harmful to your teeth as chomping down on ice cubes. Just don't do it.
Snacking on Candy
The bacteria in your mouth that's responsible for tooth decay and gum disease just loves sugary foods. Whenever you heard that sugar rots your teeth, it's actually true. Try to avoid snacking on candy between meals.
Drinking Too Much Soda
Soda's bad for your dental health as well given the sugars and the high-fructose corn syrup involved. Rather than drinking soda, try to stick to water.
Too Many Sports Drinks and Fruit Juices
You may think that sports drinks and fruit juices are better for you than soda. In some ways, yes, but they all contain sugar that can cause harm to your teeth in the long run. We mentioned water before, and it really is the ideal beverage to have to quench your thirst.
Using Tobacco Products
Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco can all have a negative effect on the look and the health of your smile. This is just one of many compelling reasons why you should quit if you've been trying to for some time. Consult with your doctor if you have difficulty quitting on your own.
There Are Many Ways to Treat Damage to the Teeth and Gums
If tooth decay, tooth damage, or gum disease has affected your dental health or the aesthetics of your smile, don't worry. There are plenty of options to consider in order to enhance your overall dental health and wellness. During a visit to our practice, we will be more than happy to examine your teeth and determine the best and most effective course of action to take.
Schedule a Consultation at Smile Montreal
To learn more about the many ways you can prevent dental problems, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here at Smile Montreal looks forward to your visit and helping you have a beautiful and healthy smile.
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