Here Are 3 Habits You Should Avoid To Keep A Beautiful Smile
With respect to favorable oral hygiene habits, we tend to talk about what we should do to prevent decay. However, it’s important to discuss which habits you shouldn’t do, as well. The old saying goes, “Quality is not an act, it is a habit.” The takeaway is, if you’re going to start a new habit, it needs to be a quality one.
Yet, what makes a bad habit? Here, we’ll give you three examples to avoid.
Don’t Use Teeth as Tools
Picture this: It’s 1 PM on a Friday afternoon. You’re an hour into post-lunch, and you’re craving an iced coffee from the vending machine to get you through the rest of the day. But that plastic bottle has one of those pesky seals on the lid that are hard to pinch off with your fingernails. No problem, just bite it off with your front teeth, right?
Think again. Dentists say that using your teeth as tools for odd jobs can be one of the most traumatizing things for them. True, teeth are designed for ripping and tearing food, but they aren’t designed for harder, foreign surfaces like plastic. Using your tools in this fashion could cause uneven wearing, a weakened tooth or even a fracture. Avoid using your teeth as tools at all costs, and just use tools!
Grinding Your Teeth
Whether you do it during the day, the night or both, grinding your teeth can wear them down drastically. Teeth grinding can be caused by several things, such as anxiety, an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to find the source and negate it as soon as possible.
If your dentist determines it could be an oral hygiene issue, they may recommend wearing a mouth-guard at night, or even a custom model made at their office or in a lab.
Self-awareness to bad habits and diet can also pay dividends, according to doctors. Reducing alcohol or caffeine consumption can reduce stress and help to avoid grinding your teeth.
Using the Wrong Dental Toothbrush
Most times, we think brushing harder (and using a hard-bristle toothbrush) is the best way to ensure we are keeping up with oral hygiene. However, it can actually have the opposite effect.
In most cases, using a hard-bristle toothbrush isn’t always the answer. As we age, our gums recede, and the roots could become exposed. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush could irritate the gums and lead to sensitive teeth. Worse, if you brush them too hard, it could even cause the gums to recede even more. In this case, your dentist will most likely recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid those issues.
Prevent Bad Oral Hygiene Habits
Talk with your oral healthcare professionals at Dr. Koo’s office. At San Jose Family Dentistry, we help educate our patients on how to prevent dental decay and keep a bright smile in the process. Visit our San Jose, California, location today for more information.