Top 10 Bad Dental Habits

124/365: Me los cepillo en el trabajoWe all do things that may not be the best for our health. We don’t exercise as often as we should, maybe you eat a few too many carbs – but knowing is half the battle. Try to implement these tips in your quest for better dental health and see the world of difference your smile can make.

  1. 1.    Brushing too hard. You can permanently wear away the enamel on your teeth and cause your gums to recede by using too much pressure with a stiff-bristled brush. It’s better to brush longer (at least two minutes, twice a day) with a soft-bristled brush than a quick run with a hard brush.
  2. 2.    The wrong toothpaste. If it feels gritty, it’s probably too abrasive. The best, Dentist-recommended toothpastes are Mentadent, Tom’s of Maine Natural Toothpaste, and for sensitive teeth, Sensodyne Fresh Mint.
  3. 3.    Forgetting to floss. Flossing is essential to removing plaque at the base of your teeth and under the gums. Bacteria turn to plaque within 24 hours so flossing once a day is key to catching it early.
  4. 4.    Drinking lots of soda. All soda, even diet, contains phosphoric acid which erodes your teeth over time. Using a straw will minimize contact with your teeth and always remember to brush afterwards.
  5. 5.    Foods that stain. Anything that stains your plate will stain your teeth. Marinara sauce, wine, and coffee are just a few examples. Your dentist can recommend a whitening procedure for you, which may include laser whitening, bleaching, or Prophy Power, a new procedure which lifts stains without removing enamel.  Dr. Dan Matthews offers Zoom whitening.
  6. 6.    Frequent snacking. The more often you eat the more acids your mouth produces to break down that food. This acid can erode your teeth as well. If brushing after every snack is impossible try eating foods that act as natural toothbrushes like apples and raw, firm vegetables.
  7. 7.    Using your teeth as tools. Using your teeth for things other than eating (loosening a knot or opening a container), or eating the wrong kinds of things such as ice or hard candy can lead to breaks and chips and ultimately weaken your teeth.
  8. 8.    Neglecting problems. Problems that persist can be signs of more serious ailments such as gum disease. Take steps to reverse problems such as bleeding gums by brushing and flossing more often but if it persists, contact your dentist right away.
  9. 9.    Avoiding the dentist. Twice yearly cleanings may have to be doubled for some people to keep gum disease at bay. Only your dentist can recommend the correct frequency of your visits so make that appointment, and stick with it. Dr. Dan Matthews makes his Austin dentist office as comfortable and calming as possible, so visit him today.
  10. 10.  Ignoring your lips. Your lips are more prone to moisture loss, environmental damage and signs of aging. Use a moisturizing lip balm everyday to keep them looking healthy and smooth.
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