Harmful Dental Habits To Avoid

You probably already know what actions you should take on a regular basis to keep your teeth and gums healthy: brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist for routine cleanings and exams. However, do you know what actions you should avoid?

In this blog post, we will cover six common bad oral habits that can have long-lasting negative consequences:

  1. Thinking your teeth are scissors. Don’t make the mistake of using your teeth as a tool to tear or rip items open, or to open bottles by creating leverage or pressure on the container. Your teeth were not designed for that purpose, and doing so can fracture or chip your teeth, causing permanent damage.
  2. Brushing too hard. Regular brushing is good for your teeth because it helps remove plaque and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. However, brushing too often, too hard, or using a hard-bristled toothbrush, can be detrimental; doing so can wear down the enamel on your teeth and contribute to receding gums. Try using a softer touch and use circular movements.
  3. Grinding your teeth. Many people clench their jaws and grind their teeth without being aware that they are doing so, often during their sleep. This practice can grind away enamel, contribute to headaches and lead to cracked teeth. If you are inadvertently grinding your teeth, ask your dentist about possible solutions.
  4. Crunching ice. Crunching or crushing ice with your teeth can do more than just annoy the people around you; it can also lead to cracked or chipped teeth. Even if there is no immediate damage, crushing ice can damage the enamel on your teeth and lead to increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
  5. Feeding your sugar habit. Consuming too many sugary foods or drinks can create plaque and bacteria in the mouth at a rapid rate. This, in turn, can lead to tooth decay. Try to eliminate or at least cut down on sugary drinks by substituting water for sodas and juices.
  6. Using tobacco products. Smoking or using smokeless tobacco products can have life-threatening consequences including cancers of the mouth and lungs, and can cause other severe lung impairments such as COPD. In addition, this habit can stain your teeth, give you halitosis (bad breath) and cause gum disease.

Choose Natomas Crossing Dental Care to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

If you have one or more of these bad habits, the best thing you can do for your mouth is to stop the activity right away. For suggestions on maintaining oral health, Natomas Crossing Dental Care in Sacramento can help. We provide a full range of family and pediatric dental services. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (916) 999-1308 today.