Some Bad Dental Habits to stop TODAY

We all know that brushing and regular visits to the dentist are cornerstones of dental health. But, it does not stop there. Dental health is a constant activity that should be handled with everything you do. Some may be obvious, others may surprise you.

The key is forming good habits in their place

Habit 1: Smoking

We share this for reasons beyond just the health of your lungs. Smoking has a long list of damages that can be caused to your mouth. These include tar buildup, discoloring, and harmful acidity that can discolor your teeth. The same goes for chewing tobacco. For the health of your lungs and mouth, consider quitting.

Habit 2: The Pre-Bed Snack

This one may be surprising, but think about it. If you finish up your day with brushing your teeth, why would you want to have a snack that could potentially sit on your teeth throughout the night? If you just can’t avoid that snack, consider brushing your teeth again before you retire for the evening.

Habit 3: Sugar Intake

Between candy, sugary drinks, and sugary snacks, it’s no wonder so many people’s teeth are damaged. What many people don’t know is that sugar is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. If you do have yourself a sugary snack, consider brushing 15-30 minutes following your snack to reduce the harm. 

Habit 4: Impact

We’re talking about chewing ice cubes, grinding your teeth, chewing erasers, and etc. As we get older, our teeth get weaker. Forming habits that cause an impact on our teeth only increase our chances of breaking a tooth.

Even if you don’t have any of these bad habits, it’s important to regularly see a dentist. If you are looking for a dentist in the Las Vegas area, consider a free consultation with Dr. Rick.