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Some Common Bad Dental Habits You Should Break

By Stephen Rogers on September 04, 2015

Fixing a chipped toothWhen patients stop by Greater Long Island Dental for advanced general dentistry treatment, they aren't just stopping by for a cleaning. They also get useful insight on what they can do to make their smiles even better.

With that in mind, let's consider the following common bad habits that lead to poor dental health. This will help you learn about things you should avoid.

Not Brushing Your Teeth Enough

Not brushing your teeth enough is a common bad habit that there's no excuse for. Ideally people should brush their teeth twice a day, though patients should consider brushing their teeth after every meal. This effectively and fully removes food particles and plaque.

Not Flossing Your Teeth Enough

Lack of flossing is another common bad habit. Food particles can get lodged between your teeth, and the only way to get rid of them is to floss. Patients should floss once a night, though as with brushing, they should consider doing so after every meal.

Brushing and Flossing Too Aggressively

Another common bad habit when it comes to dentistry is brushing your teeth or flossing your teeth too aggressively. This can harm the gums, making gum recession more likely. Be sure to brush gently using a toothbrush with soft bristles and to go easy on your teeth while flossing.

Smoking and Using Tobacco Products

Smoking is bad for you in so many ways, and it can have a negative effect on your dental health as well. Not only will tobacco products cause bad breath and stain your teeth, they will also make gum disease and gum recession more likely. This is another reason to consider quitting.

Constant Snacking on Sugary Junk Food

Remember when your parents and older relatives used to tell you that eating sugary junk food and candy will rot your teeth out? They were right. The oral bacteria that causes tooth decay to occur loves sugary foods, which means too much snacking on candy makes tooth decay progress faster and more serious.

Drinking Sodas and Sugary Beverages

As with snacking on junk food and candy, sodas and other sugary beverages will make tooth decay a bigger problem. Consider drinking water if you're feeling thirsty instead.

Biting and Chewing on Hard or Inedible Objects

Many people have a habit off biting or chewing pen caps, ice cubes, drinking straws, and their fingernails. This is a major problem since it can lead to chips and cracks on the teeth as well as an overall weakening of the tooth structure. Avoid these social faux pas to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Using Your Teeth Like They Are Scissors

Many people have done this at one time or another: they have opened packages with their teeth rather than using scissors. This is something that makes chips and cracks more likely and can have an impact on the health of your chompers. When a job calls for scissors, be sure to use scissors.

Not Visiting Your Dentist for Regular Checkups

Even though you only visit a dentist twice a year for regular checkups, this can make a major difference when it comes to your dental health. Be sure to stop by your dentist's office twice a year to have your teeth and gums cleaned and checked.

Learn More About Advanced Dental Care

To learn more about your many options for improving your dental health, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team at Greater Long Island Dental looks forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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