Some Bad Habits You Should Avoid for Good Dental Health
- Posted on: Jan 20 2016
Dr. Robert Rapisarda has helped countless patients in and around Barre have the healthy, beautiful smiles that they have always wanted to have. This is thanks to his approach to general and preventative care as well as his advanced restorative dentistry treatments focused on total wellness.
There is plenty a patient can do on his or her own to help their smiles be the healthiest they can be. Let’s consider some bad habits that affect your dental heath and what you can do about them.
Smoking and the Use of Tobacco Products
Cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco are all harmful to your dental health as well as the aesthetics of your smile. The best way to ensure your smile looks its best and that you’re as healthy as you can be is to quit using tobacco products or simply avoid them entirely.
Not Brushing or Flossing Enough
You really shouldn’t skip brushing or flossing given how important both are to removing plaque and keeping your mouth clean. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once a night. Ideally you should consider brushing and flossing after every meal.
Improper Brushing and Flossing
Sometimes it’s not a matter of how much you brush and floss but your technique. Many people do not brush or floss properly, meaning they do so aggressively. Aggressive brushing and flossing can cause damage to the gums and lead to gum recession. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and to be delicate when brushing and flossing.
Chewing on Hard or Inedible Objects
Many people nibble on drinking straws, bite their fingernails, chew on pen caps, or chomp down on ice cubes. Whether this is a nervous tick, a bad habit, or an unconscious gesture, it can lead to tooth damage if you aren’t careful. Kick this bad habit to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Using Teeth to Open Packages
On the note of biting down on objects you shouldn’t, there are many people who have used their teeth to open packages, such as a new Blu-ray or a bag of chips. This can similarly lead to chips and cracks on your teeth. When a job calls for scissors, be sure to use scissors instead of your teeth.
Neglecting to Wear Mouth Protection and Head Protection
If you participate in contact sports or combat sports, or if you have a job in a dangerous line of work, you run the risk of serious damage to your teeth, jaw, and face. To protect yourself, it’s important that you wear a helmet or a mouth guard. This is a common sense way to avoid serious injury.
Not Visiting Your Dentist Enough
Twice a year doesn’t seem like much, but seeing your dentist every six months can help you prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and a host of other serious problems. General and preventative care is key for having the healthiest smile possible.
Speak with Dr. Robert Rapisarda About Good Dental Care
To learn more about the bad dental habits you should avoid and the advanced treatments that we offer, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Robert Rapisarda and his entire team look forward to your visit and giving you the info you need to have the healthiest smile possible.
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