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How to Break 8 Bad Dental Habits

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Surprisingly, many everyday behaviors are actually bad habits that damage your teeth over time. Learn how to cure bad dental habits before they become a cause for concern.

1. Tobacco Use

Dental Danger: There are many reasons why smoking is one of the worst bad dental habits and overall health habits. It causes plaque to collect on teeth, makes your teeth fall out, and puts you at risk for oral cancer and other diseases.

Smile Solution: You already know how to cure bad dental habits this serious. Quit as soon as possible. Ask your doctor for help to increase your odds of success.

2. Grinding Your Teeth and Clenching Your Jaw

Dental Danger: If you or your child frequently grind your teeth or clench your jaw throughout the day or night, you may have a common disorder called bruxism. Often caused by stress, it can put pressure on your teeth and jaw that leads to major dental care pain and problems.

Smile Solution: Not sure how to cure bad dental habits like these? Talk to your dentist about wearing a mouth guard at night to prevent these bad dental habits, as well learning relaxation techniques to relieve both your stress and pressure on teeth.

3. Chewing and Chomping on Ice

Dental Danger: Ice cubes can cool off your drink, but biting on them is not cool for your teeth. This can cause teeth to crack, chip, and fracture over time.

Smile Solution: Simply choose chilled drinks without ice cubes to avoid any temptation.

4. Sugary Cough Drops

Dental Danger: Many people only think that candy is full of sugar, but most cough drops are actually full of the sweet stuff, even though they’re for medicinal purposes. And when you suck on them all day, they keep your teeth coated in sugar that leads to dental care problems like cavities and gum disease.

Smile Solution: Since cough drops can soothe your throat, either make sure to brush and floss after having these drops or look for sugar-free versions.

5. Soda Sipping

Dental Danger: Sodas may quench your thirst, but they also drench your teeth in acids and sugar that cause dental care problems like decay, sensitivity, and tooth erosion.

Smile Solution: If you can’t stop the sodas, try to have them less often by choosing water instead. When you do drink them, rinse with water after you’ve finished your drink, but wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid eroding the enamel any further.

6. Turning Teeth Into Tools

Dental Danger: Do you find yourself using your teeth for daily tasks like tearing into a package, grasping a pen, or popping open a bottle cap? These mindless actions are actually bad dental habits that can cause teeth to chip and break.

Smile Solution: Stop using your teeth as tools by keeping the right tools for tasks in easy reach.

7. Bedtime Baby Bottles

Dental Danger: Milk and formula are full of sugar, so giving your baby a bottle all night exposes their emerging teeth to sugar for hours. This can lead to major dental care issues, such as decay and enamel erosion.

Smile Solution: Put water in the bottle at first, but wean them off this bedtime habit by finding other ways to lull them to sleep.

8. Nonstop Snacking

Dental Danger: If you snack all day, you’re not only filling your belly, but also filling your mouth with food debris that stays on teeth and causes plaque to build up.

Smile Solution: Try to limit your snacking to once or twice a day, or choose foods that actually clean your teeth and reduce plaque like carrots, apples, and celery.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abingdon, call Dental One Associates of Bel Air today at (410) 698-1674 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abingdon. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Bel Air, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Bel Air.

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