Bad Dental Habits

bad dental habits smile sarasotaSmile Sarasota is always nagging you about brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups because they are vital to good oral health. Moreover, it’s important to care for your teeth properly. But sometimes we just do bad things just out of habit. Here are several bad habits that Dr. Still wants you to avoid that can lead to tooth damage and loss:

  • Over Brushing Your Teeth: Amazing as this may seem, there is a right and a wrong way to brush your teeth. Brushing too hard, too long (more than two minutes), or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can wear away the protective layer of enamel and expose your tooth root. Smile Sarasota highly recommends using a Sonicare electric brush to avoid ‘overdoing’ it.
  • Poor or Occasional Oral Hygiene Leads to Tooth Loss: Most people are aware of the need to brush, floss, and rinse daily. Even so, many still think they can get away with doing only half the job or doing it only half the time. To make sure you get the full health benefit experts recommend you brush and rinse at least twice a day and floss at least once. Flossing complements tooth brushing by removing the small particles that you can’t reach between your teeth. Rinsing after you brush helps remove the bacteria you’ve dislodged with brushing and flossing. While a good alcohol-free rinse provides added protection, even rinsing with water alone offers some benefit.
  • Putting the Wrong Things in Your Mouth: Your mouth and teeth are for chewing, speaking, and supporting your jaw and face. Using them as a bottle opener, scissors, pliers, or a nutcracker is potentially harmful. Even so, people routinely use their teeth as tools. Using your teeth improperly may lead to cracked, chipped, broken, and loose teeth. We have actually had patients tell us that they use paperclips or rubber bands to clean between their teeth! This can cause damage your gums and other soft tissue in your mouth. It’s vital to remember to use your teeth correctly in order to retain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.
  • Oral Piercings May Cause Problems: According to the American Dental Association, oral piercings may lead to problems including gum and tongue pain, swelling, and infection as well as cracked, broken, and missing teeth. Tongue and lip piercings also may cause sensitivity to metals, increase saliva flow resulting in drooling, and result in nerve damage. While piercings may be trendy, before you make the plunge talk with Dr. Still to ensure you make the best choice.
  • Tooth Grinding Can Lead to Tooth Damage: It really doesn’t matter what causes bruxism (tooth grinding), it’s all about taking steps to correct the problem before you cause damage to your teeth. Over time, tooth grinding can wear down your teeth and result in headaches, jaw aches, and tooth sensitivity. The damage occurs due to repeatedly clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth. The pressure can result in micro-fractures in your teeth. This weakens the enamel and causes damage to your dental work.

So don’t stick to old, improper habits – it just takes a few minor changes to keep your teeth and mouth healthy!