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6 Bad Dental Habits to Break Today

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Bad dental habits can slowly develop and become very hard to break. To avoid the dental damage that these harmful habits can do, follow these helpful tips and learn how to cure your bad habits for good.

  1. Dodging the Dentist: One of the worst bad dental habits is avoiding the dentist. No matter how well you take care of your teeth at home, only a dentist can provide the professional dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile. Some people don’t go to the dentist out of fear or lack of time, but if you’re bad about seeing the dentist, you won’t have a good smile. Most people need to get professional cleanings twice a year, but some must go more often to manage dental care problems. How to cure bad dental habits like this? Make a dental appointment and make yourself go.
  2. Forgetting to Floss: 
No matter how well you brush, you need to floss to remove the bacteria trapped within teeth that can’t be reached with a toothbrush. If not removed, that bacteria can develop into plaque and cause cavities, gum disease, and other dental care problems. To prevent these problems, simply floss once a day.
  3. Brushing Badly: 
Two of the most common bad dental habits are brushing too hard and using a hard-bristled brush. Some people think that more pressure will get their teeth cleaner. But this will actually erode tooth enamel, cause tooth sensitivity, and make gums recede. When asked how to cure bad dental habits like these, dentists advise taking a softer approach with your brushing. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a gentle brushing motion for two minutes at least twice a day.
  4. Using Tough Toothpaste: Many toothpaste brands contain harsh, gritty abrasives that literally brush away tooth enamel and cause gums to recede. These toothpastes are usually labeled as “tartar control” or “whitening.” When it comes to toothpaste, just make sure it contains fluoride. Ask your dentist to recommend to the right toothpaste for you.
  5. Sipping on Sodas: Drinking a lot of carbonated sodas is one of those bad dental habits you need to break before it does major dental damage. Sodas are full of acids and sugar that wear away your protective tooth enamel and lead to cavities over time. Try to cut out or cut down on your intake of sodas. If you must drink them, use a straw to reduce their contact with teeth and rinse with water right after.
  6. Turning Your Teeth into Tools: If you find yourself opening bags or holding pens in your teeth, you’re using your teeth as tools and this can cause teeth to crack and break while doing damage to prior dental work. To prevent this dental care damage, keep real tools nearby to handle tasks instead of using your teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in The Village of Cross Keys, call Dental One Associates of Cross Keys today at (443) 863-6394 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in The Village of Cross Keys. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Cross Keys, 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 Cross Keys.

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