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5 Bad Dental Habits to Break Right Now

5 Bad Dental Habits to Break Right Now

Some of us are in the habit of brushing our teeth extra-hard or extra-often. Or some would like to use bleaching products regularly and too often. Even the best-intentioned habits can mean trouble for dental health. Read on for five hazardous habits we should seriously consider abandoning right now.

1. Brushing like a maniac

For some people, keeping their teeth clean is something of an obsession. You have seen people who brush up to even 10 times a day. But good dental health is not about how hard and how often you brush. It’s about how you do it.” We always recommend using a soft bristle brush with many bristles. Thorough brushing (3 minutes per session) twice to three times a day, with flossing once a day, will do the job.

2. Bleaching over and over and over again

We have a patient who once said “You can’t be too rich or have teeth that are too white.” But the statement is not right in many ways. While bleaching certainly can improve a person’s smile, too much bleaching can look bizarre. There’s a good rule to follow: Your teeth should not be whiter than the whites of your eyes. If a bleaching product’s instructions recommend touch-ups only every six months or every year, follow those instructions. Over-bleaching also can cause tooth and gum sensitivity, which can be reversible once you stop using the product.

3. Tongue-piercing

Although not a habit per se, tongue piercing is just not a great idea for dental health, and often leads to damaging habits over time. Risks include contracting hepatitis (A, B, C, D or E); infection; profuse bleeding; swallowing or inhaling the stud; and cracking of the teeth. If your tongue becomes infected, it can swell up and obstruct your breathing. Even if the piercing goes OK, there is a tendency to click it against the teeth, causing the teeth to crack. If you decide to remove the stud for good, the hole won’t necessarily close. Similar to ear piercing, the site’s ability to heal depends on how long you’ve had the piercing and how large the stud is. Our recommendation on tongue piercing is this: “Weigh your options seriously and please try to consider not doing it.”

4. Clenching and grinding the teeth

This common habit often goes undetected because people don’t realize they do it, or they do it in their sleep. It can lead to bone loss, gum recession and shifting and/or cracked teeth. Warning signs of clenching or grinding include pain in your jaw joints, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, headaches and even the inability to close your mouth. Solutions include a custom-made mouth guard from your dentist or even orthodontic work. Clenching and grinding can sometimes be due to an incorrect bite.

5. Trying to be your own hygienist

We have taken aback by patients who use tools at home to remove calculus that is the result of plaque that hardens and becomes mineralized to the teeth. Some people get their hands on dental tools, but they don’t know how to use them properly, so they end up actually whittling their teeth away. Our message: Brushing and flossing will work just fine to maintain your teeth if you keep up with regular dentist visits.


Keeping Our Patients Safe During This Unprecedented Time:

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.
  • Checking temperatures of all patients and our clinic members using non-contact forehead infrared thermometers.
  • Requiring all our clinic members wear PPE at the clinic premises.
  • Requesting patients bring their own mask and put on the mask prior to entering the clinic.
  • 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!


Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

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 to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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