Bad Dental Habits You Should Be Aware Of
By Dr. Ribeiro on August 10, 2016
At Clarksville Smiles, Dr. Richard C. Ribeiro and his team of skilled professionals have dedicated themselves to helping their patients achieve and maintain the healthiest, most aesthetically pleasing smiles possible. In order to fulfill this mission, they strive to instill excellent dental habits in their patients, starting with the habit of visiting Clarksville Smiles at least twice a year for general dentistry check-ups as recommended by the American Dental Association. Doing so, along with proper brushing and flossing at home, can help patients to keep their smiles healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
Acquainting patients with good dental habits, however, is generally not enough. It is also important that patients know which habits to avoid. It is for this reason that Dr. Ribeiro discusses bad dental habits during consultations at his Clarksville, TN general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry practice. By providing patients with comprehensive education about their oral health, Dr. Ribeiro empowers them to take optimal care of their teeth and gums in between dental visits.
We invite you to read about the following five bad dental habits you might not have been aware of and then schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Ribeiro at Clarksville Smiles.
Five Bad Dental Habits You Should Avoid
Here are five bad dental habits that, while relatively common, you might not be aware of:
1. You can brush too hard: Many people think that they are practicing good oral hygiene by brushing their teeth with a little extra vigor. However, when you brush your teeth with too much force, you risk damaging the protective layer of enamel that coats their surface. You will remove just as much plaque and debris using gentle force than excessive force, and you won’t risk harming your teeth.
2. Biting your nails can lead to tooth loss: Believe it or not, biting your nails could contribute to the eventual loss of your teeth. Even if you wash your hands religiously, your fingernails are inevitably host to many different types of bacteria and other nasty germs. Transferring those unwanted guests to your mouth could increase your chance of gum disease, the number-one cause of tooth loss among adults.
3. Tearing loose threads with your teeth can cause damage: It may seem like an overstatement, but using your teeth for any purpose other than biting and chewing food - including tearing loose threads - can cause damage to your enamel. Just use scissors.
4. Mouth breathing can lead to dry mouth: We all breathe through our mouths sometimes. However, if you tend to breathe through your mouth most of the time, you may want to try to change your habit. Breathing through your mouth can contribute to dry mouth syndrome, which in turn can increase your odds of gum disease and other oral health problems.
5. Breath freshening sprays should be avoided in general: Yes, breath freshening sprays are great quick fixes, especially in social situations. However, they also dry out the mouth, creating safe havens for bacteria. If you’re worried about bad breath, it’s better to stay hydrated, as dry mouth is one of the chief causes of halitosis. Ironically, breath freshening sprays may only be making the problem it is designed to help even worse in the long run.
Learn More about Bad Dental Habits
To learn more about the bad dental habits you should avoid, please contact Clarksville Smiles today.
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