5 Habits That Destroy Your Smile

by on February 16, 2015 in Cosmetic Dentistry
5 Habits That Destroy Your Smile

If you brush your teeth every morning and every evening and floss at least once per day, you have developed a habit, a good habit, one that will benefit your oral health for years to come.

But with the good sometimes comes the bad and over time people develop habits that are bad for their teeth and oral health. The first step is identifying the bad habits and then working towards the goal of eliminating them. There are many dental services in Watertown to help achieve your oral health goals. 

  • Replace Your Toothbrush – Brushing your teeth is excellent but using an old toothbrush can be ineffective. Old toothbrushes can harbor harmful bacteria that can cause infections if they are not dried properly. Changing your toothbrush at least every three months is a good rule of thumb. 
  • Use The Right Toothbrush – A hard-bristled toothbrush when you use an aggressive brushing technique can cause damage to your gums. Over time teeth can become sensitive as the gums recede and expose the roots of the teeth. Instead use a soft or medium toothbrush or what is recommended by your dentist in Watertown and always brush teeth at a 45-degree angle in a circular motion. 
  • Don’t Brush Immediately After Eating – Tomato based foods, wine and sports drinks contain acids can erode tooth enamel. Brushing immediately following consuming these foods or drinks can brush the acid into the teeth. Wait at least thirty minutes after eating before you brush. 
  • Not Visiting Your Dentist Regularly – Regular visits to your dentist in Watertown are essential to your oral health. Skipping visits can increase the likelihood of issues occurring. Unaddressed oral issues can get worse over time. Pain, tooth loss and extensive procedures may result. Being proactive is always beneficial when your oral health is concerned. 

Not flossing, smoking, excessive bleaching of the teeth, opening items with your teeth and chewing on ice are other bad habits that can destroy a beautiful smile. The staff at All Dental Center in Watertown, would be happy to assist in helping you identify and eliminate some of your bad habits.

Call us today and we will have you smiling in no time.

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