Are You Ruining Your Teeth With These Common Bad Habits?

You brush and floss religiously, and never miss a dental cleaning. But what about your habits? Could they be messing with you

We all have bad habits, but are yours hazardous to your dental health? There are several ways you can chip, stain, or otherwise ruin a perfectly good smile. That's why it's so important to be careful about your oral habits and pay attention to how you're treating your teeth.

At Dental Health Connection in Burlington, Massachusetts, Dr. Randall W. Smith can provide you with efficient dental care. Is your smile damaged? Don't worry, our office offers cosmetic dentistry and single visit dental repairs. Keep in mind though, the best way to avoid expensive dental work is to prevent damage to your smile in the first place.

What’s in your mouth?

One of the worst things you can do is use your teeth as a tool. Don’t bite open a package or twist-off bottle caps, and don’t chew on pens. Your teeth are more sensitive than you realize, and you need to take good care of them. Use your molars to bite through harder foods, and avoid crunching on ice.

Ditch the piercings

Tongue or lip studs can knock against your teeth, causing cracks in your tooth enamel. They can also rub against your gums, causing pain, infection, and erosion that could lead to tooth loss.

Steer clear of sugar and snacks

Consuming a lot of sugar can cause cavities, and the acids produced can eat through your tooth enamel. From there, bacteria can access your tooth root and infect the pulp. If this happens, you might have to endure a root canal or possibly even an extraction if a filling or crown can’t fix the damage.

To avoid such problems, limit your consumption of these foods and beverages:

Also, avoid excess snacking and eating late at night. If you do consume sugar and snacks, rinse your mouth with water after brushing your teeth.

Tone down the aggressive brushing and flossing

While you want to brush and floss as frequently as possible, don’t use a stiff bristle brush and be gentle with your teeth and gums. Years of hard brushing can cause your tooth enamel to degrade. It can also cause irritation in your gums. Instead, use a soft bristle brush, employ gentle circular patterns of movement, and floss with care.

Don’t forget that mouth or night guard

Whether you're an inveterate tooth grinder or an avid sports player, your teeth are at risk. A mouthguard can prevent mouth injuries on the sports field while a nightguard can keep you from grinding your teeth down or developing jaw pain or tooth alignment disorders. We also offer Botox® injections for remedying bruxing  

Don’t miss that dental appointment

In addition to gently brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day, visiting Dental Health Connection at least twice a year ensures you get a thorough, professional cleaning and examination that can spot oral health problems as soon as possible. Call our office at 781-272-0540 or book your appointment online today.

 

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