Bad Dental Habits That You Should Avoid

Patients put their trust in Dr. Wildung because of his commitment to patient education and preventative care. Serving people in and around Mesa, patients can count on his practice for advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments that keep smiles healthy and beautiful.

Part of good dental health is knowing what you shouldn't do to keep your smile looking its very best. With that in mind, let's consider some bad dental habits that you should avoid.

Smoking and Using Tobacco Products

If you smoke cigarettes or cigars or use chewing tobacco, it can lead to many different kinds of dental health problems. This includes dental stains, bad breath, increased risk of gum disease, and increased likelihood of oral cancer. There are so many compelling reasons to quit smoking, and the health of your smile is one of them.

Not Brushing or Flossing Enough

Many people are negligent when it comes to brushing and flossing. It's important that people brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a night. Ideally, people should brush and floss after every meal.

Brushing and Flossing Too Aggressively

Brushing and flossing is great, but it can be bad for you if you're doing it wrong. Some people brush and floss very aggressively, which can lead to damage to your gums and gum recession. Be sure to brush and floss gently yet thoroughly, and try to use a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Chewing on Hard or Inedible Objects

It's a nervous tick you may have picked up as a child: biting your fingernails, nibbling on drinking straws, biting ice cubes, chewing on pens. Over time, this can cause damage to your teeth. Try to kick this habit since it's socially unacceptable and also bad for your smile.

Using Your Teeth to Open Packaging

Sometimes when you can't find scissors to open a bag of chips or a Blu-ray, you might bite into that packaging. We've all done it once or twice (or, for some, many times). Try to find scissors from now on since this can lead to chipped and cracked teeth.

Snacking on Sugary Foods

Sugary foods will increase your risk of developing cavities. While candy and soda are tasty, be sure to go easy on them to keep your smile as healthy as possible for the years ahead.

Not Wearing Mouth or Head Protection

When you're on a motorcycle or bike, a helmet is crucial for safety. Similarly, if you're playing contact sports or involved in combat sports, a mouth guard will help avoid mouth injuries. Remember to wear head, face, and mouth protection when it's called for to keep your teeth, gums, and tongue safe from injury.

Not Visiting Your Dentist Regularly

Seeing your dentist twice a year might not sound like much, but it's essential for good dental health. Be sure to see your dentist twice a year for regular dental work and cleanings. This can help prevent minor problems from becoming much more serious.

Contact Dr. Wildung

To learn more about improving the health and beauty of your smile, be sure to contact a skilled cosmetic and restorative dentistry today. Dr. Wildung and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you have the best smile possible.