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How did you brush your teeth this morning? Were you in a hurry before dashing off to work or school? Did you scrub extra hard so you could finish faster?
This is just one of many hazardous dental habits most people have but aren’t aware of. The everyday habits in this list are damaging our health, giving us bad breath, and even putting us at risk of serious disease.
Do you have any of these habits? Read on for the dental health habits to break right now.
1. Not Protecting Your Teeth When Playing Sports
The benefits of wearing a mouthguard while playing sports are many.
We can’t tell you how many patients we see come into the office because they cracked or chipped or knocked out a tooth playing sports.
There are also studies that show that wearing a mouthguard while working out can enhance performance. A mouthguard relaxes the jaw which in turn enhances anaerobic performance, like lifting weights or playing tennis.
2. Brushing After Eating Acidic Foods
You might think it’s a good idea to brush away the erosive acid from your teeth after consuming fruit juice or soda, but this is actually damaging to the teeth. The combination of the acid along with the abrasive act of brushing can cause erosion of the enamel, which can lead to cavities.
Instead of brushing, opt to swish with water instead or chew gum, which increases saliva production, thereby neutralizing the acid and making it safe to brush.
3. Eating the Wrong Foods for Your Teeth
The mouth is a complex environment that you can feed with the right foods or the wrong foods. But keep in mind, not all “candy” is bad for your teeth and there are several foods disguised as health foods that can wreak havoc on your teeth.
Some of patients are shocked when they find a small square of dark chocolate in their goody bag of floss and toothpaste that they get from the hygienist. Dark chocolate is actually better for teeth than fluoride, according to some studies.
4. Not Flossing
If you’re brushing but not flossing, you’re only doing half of the job. Flossing is absolutely necessary to having a beautiful smile as you age, preventing cavities, and even a healthy heart. Imagine painting a picket fence. You wouldn’t paint the front and the back and leave the insides of the wood panels open to the elements, right?
In this way, neglecting to floss leaves those surfaces exposed to cavities and tooth decay. Don’t be fooled by the fancy Listerine commercials that show little Listerine men peeling away plaque with ice picks. No amount of rinsing mouthwash can replace flossing.
Why? Just as rinsing with a liquid will never replace the abrasive act of brushing, you can’t remove sticky plaque from in between your teeth unless you physically scrape it off with floss.
5. Brushing Too Hard
When you’re in a rush, it’s easy to use improper brushing technique. Scrubbing harder doesn’t get your teeth cleaner faster!
Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle against your teeth and brush with small circular motions or vibratory motions. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, which can damage tooth structure.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!