Eleven Common Habits That Are Terrible for Your Teeth (Part 2)
- July 14, 2014
- 3 mins read
Bad dental habits are quite common, and not a lot of people know that they are even detrimental to their overall oral health. So in order to maintain proper oral hygiene, we have given you a list of habits that people should unlearn. In the previous article, we have talked about the following:
- Using Teeth as Tools
- Brushing Too Hard
Now we are going to discuss the rest of the bad habits that people need to start avoiding before their teeth becomes decayed, discolored, or fractured.
Bad Habit #6: Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush
Brushing the teeth is the foundation for a good oral hygiene and every Chandler dentist will tell you that. However, there are certain practices that people are not doing properly, such as choosing the right toothbrush. For those who do not know, there are different types of toothbrush bristles and most people tend to choose hard bristles over soft ones. The problem is that hard brushing paired with hard bristles can increase teeth and gum sensitivity.
Bad Habit #7: Not Flossing and Brushing Properly
Did you know that it is recommended to floss first before brushing your teeth? In addition, if you ask your Chandler dentist how much time you need to spend brushing your teeth, the answer would be at least twice a day. The brushing should last for two minutes every time. In addition to flossing and brushing, tongue scraping and mouth rinsing should also be included in the routine for an exceptional oral hygiene.
Bad Habit #8: Drinking Fruit Juice
Now what makes a drinking fruit juice a bad dental habit? Well, only because the vitamin C that you get from juices especially commercially-produced ones have tons of sugar. So drink juice that is low in sugar.
Bad Habit #9: Snacking
It’s better to eat big, fewer meals than small, frequent ones. Why, you ask? This is because by eating a full meal, you are producing more saliva, which in turn is responsible for helping clean the teeth. When you eat small, frequent snacks, the amount of saliva produced is lower, so sugar in the mouth will more likely be fodder for bacterial, which will then produce acids that can damage teeth enamel.
Bad Habit #10: Candies and Other Sugary Sweets
Who doesn’t love candies? We all know candies are made of sugar, however, gummy candies do a great deal of damage to the teeth as they are so gummy, they get stuck in between the teeth, which causes the sugar build up and cause the development of plaque. So make sure you floss and brush after indulging on a gummy treat.
Bad Habit #11: Grinding Teeth
Not only does it sound scary when you are beside someone who grinds his or her teeth, but the habit also can damage the teeth and even cause jaw problems. The solution is to use mouth guards to prevent teeth grinding while sleeping. Some people grind their teeth when awake, especially when they are stressed or nervous.
There you go, eleven of the most common habits that people need to unlearn. Share the story with your friends and family in order to lower your chances of visiting your Chandler dentist for something you could have avoided had you just followed our advice. Visit https://www.kyrenefamilydentistry.com/ for more dental-health related articles and services.