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5 Bad Dental Habits That Need to Be Broken

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Many of us think that we practice good dental care, but we may have a few bad habits that we may not even realize. Discover five surprising bad dental habits and how to quickly fix them.

1. Brushing Brutally

Some people believe that the harder the brush bristles, the better their teeth, so they use a firm hand and a firm toothbrush. This actually does more harm than good because it erodes the delicate tooth enamel and pushes back the gums to expose the tooth’s root, which increase their tooth sensitivity. The way to break these bad dental habits is by changing the way you brush. Get a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a delicate touch so you can protect your teeth while still keeping them clean.

2. Barely Caring for Teeth

The only think worse than brushing too hard, is not brushing enough. The basics of good dental care are brushing and flossing twice a day, using an antibacterial mouth rinse daily, and replacing your toothbrush every three months. Unfortunately, too many people don’t follow these dental care directions because they forget or get too busy. Soon, this lack of care turns into bad dental habits that can be difficult to break. When it comes to how to cure bad dental habits, it’s as simple as taking the time to take better care of your teeth. Remind yourself to brush at least twice a day, floss once a day, keep a bottle of mouth rinse right by your bathroom sink, and stock up on toothbrushes so you always have a fresh one ready.

3. Grinding Your Teeth

If you find yourself grinding your teeth and can’t seem to stop, you may have a disorder called bruxism. This is a common condition that can happen during the day due to stress or a dental care problem, or occur throughout night without you ever even knowing it. No matter when it happens, it can cause your teeth to fracture, chip, and erode while causing jaw pain, headaches, and earaches. To treat the trouble, your dentist can give you a mouth guard to prevent nighttime grinding and teach you some exercises to relax your mouth during the day. If stress is causing the problem, you can talk to a psychologist, learn relaxation techniques, or start an exercise program to release excess tension.

4. Making Teeth into Tools

Too many people use their teeth for tasks, such as opening a bottle cap, tearing open a package, or holding onto a pen. Over time, this turns into one of those bad dental habits without you even thinking about it. Yet it can cause trouble and trauma to teeth by weakening, chipping, and fracturing them. To stop this dangerous dental care habit, think before using your teeth as tools and keep some actual tools nearby so you don’t have to be so tough on your teeth.

5. Drinking Dangerously

Sipping on staining or sugary beverages, as well as biting on ice cubes in these drinks, are two bad dental habits that need to be broken. Dark drinks can leave severe stains on teeth, while sugary sodas can erode the delicate tooth enamel. And crunching on ice cubes can fracture teeth, chip enamel, and cause other dental care problems. Wondering how to cure bad dental habits like these? Simply stay aware of what you’re eating and drinking and take the proper precautions. Use crushed ice in drinks, while sipping staining or sugary beverages through a straw to reduce their exposure to teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Chantilly, call Dental One Associates of Chantilly today at (703) 722-8443 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Chantilly. With 6 affiliated practices throughout Virginia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Chantilly, 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 Chantilly.

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