Harmful Dental Habits to Avoid

There are many things we need to do to take great care of our teeth … brush and floss daily plus visit the dentist twice per year for cleaning and dental exam. There are commercials on TV, radio, and the internet that tout products to help as well. But for some, they will continue to do things that damage their teeth, such as:

  1. Biting down on hard objects like ice – Although teeth and their enamel cover seem invincible, an ice cube has the potential to chip the enamel or break the tooth.
  2. Soda and snacks – Excessive sugar creates opportunity for plaque build-up which can lead to dental decay and gum disease.
  3. Chewing or biting fingernails – This nervous habit does more than create ugly nails. Although the nails you chew seem weaker than your teeth, the constant action can be harmful, not to mention the amount of bacteria that enters your mouth from under nails and on hands.
  4. Chewing on inanimate objects – Damaging and unsanitary.
  5. Using teeth like scissors – Opening packages or trying to open a bottle with your teeth puts significant pressure on them – it only takes once to break your tooth resulting in time consuming and costly dental repair.
  6. Grinding and clenching – Stress can be at the root of this habit, but a dental malocclusion can also be the culprit. When the top teeth do not correspond correctly with the bottom teeth, this puts undo pressure on the teeth when chewing. This condition is called bruxism, and with regular dental visits, your dentist can identify this problem before permanent damage is done. One solution is to wear a mouth guard, particularly at night when grinding and clenching is most often done subconsciously.
  7. Inadequate daily dental regimen – Haphazard or inconsistent daily dental care is the number one cause of dental disease. In a few moments each day, brushing and flossing can be completed which will help to keep harmful plaque build-up to a minimum. Always use tooth paste when brushing.
  8. Skipping dental appointments – Many patients make the mistake thinking if nothing hurts, missing scheduled appointments with their dental provider is no big deal. If you wish to try to prevent a small dental issue from escalating, as well as keeping teeth their cleanest, keeping these appointments is essential.

For more tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy, contact our team of dental specialists by calling 718-389-1120 today.

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