5 Small Habits That Have Poor Effects on Dental Health

Little things we do every day can have a substantial impact on dental health. We asked dental health experts for the top 10 habits that may have not-so-great health effects on teeth.

Family Care Dental Clinic - 5 Small Habits That Can Hurt Your Teeth - North Vancouver BC Canada 2023 Jan 17

① Brushing too hard

Some of us are led to think that brushing hard with a hard-bristled toothbrush will scrub more plaque off their gums, however, it may be often damaging the enamel or gums by brushing too hard.

We suggest switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush instead and do the basics:

Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes.

② Using your teeth to open anything

Don’t use your teeth to open a bottle, a barrette, a bobby pin, or anything else that is hard. It can lead to chipped or fractured teeth.

③ Sucking often on cough drops

Many brands of cough drops contain a lot of sugar, which will sit on your teeth. If you’re using cough drops because you have dry mouth, then your rate of tooth decay may be even poorer.

④ Continuously sipping soda or sweet coffee

The sugar from a single sip can sit on your teeth for 20 minutes, and the accumulation of sugar can lead to rampant decay. If you can give up the sugary drinks, fantastic. If you can’t give them up, then try to drink the liquid within a 15-minute time period, then either brush your teeth or drink some water to wash the sugar away.

⑤ Grinding or clenching your teeth

This can be a tough habit to break because many people do this in their sleep. The motion wears down your teeth which can cause problems with your bite and lead to fractures, loose teeth, and pain in your jaw and teeth. Ask your dentist about a night guard or other remedies.

And here’s another bad habit that starts early before wrapping up: Sucking a thumb or pacifier. Parents, this one is important. Giving your child a pacifier or allowing a thumb-sucker to continue once their teeth start emerging can cause the teeth to flare. This can affect their bite, their self-esteem and even your pocketbook should your child need braces as a result.


Keeping Our Patients Safe:

Under the guidance of the BC Provincial Health, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and the BC Dental Association, we have implemented strict new clinic standards and safety measures in order to help protect our patients and staff, which include:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to accepting in-person appointments.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and following strict hand hygiene protocols.
  • Increasing the frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic at one time and practicing physical distancing protocols.

The health & safety of our patients has always been our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay safe and to follow the directions of Health Canada and your local health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! Great thanks for your understanding and support!


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Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.

Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at info@familycaredentalclinic.com to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!


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