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Worst Habits for Your Dental Health

Posted by Joshua Day Dec 18, 2022

Although habits can be both good and bad, some can be harmful to your oral health. In order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, you should avoid bad habits that can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Nail Biting

Did you know that even simple habits like nail biting can be harmful to your teeth? It may seem harmless enough, but it can cause chips and cracks in teeth and cause pain. Biting your nails can promote bacterial growth in your mouth, weakening your enamel and causing your teeth to wear down faster. Nail biting can also make your gums bleed and increase the risk of periodontal disease. So, stop the habit by distracting yourself as soon as possible.

  • Smoking

Tobacco use is both deadly and addictive, so quitting isn’t easy. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 40 million Americans smoke cigarettes. Smoking can lead to gum disease, oral cancer, and other serious health problems. It can also cause tooth stains and bad breath. If you are a smoker, talk to your dentist about ways to quit. They may recommend smoking cessation products like a patch or gum to help you kick the habit. Gum disease treatment might also be necessary after kicking the habit. 

  • Brushing Teeth Aggressively

When patients brush their teeth too vigorously, they can cause enamel erosion and gum recession. Enamel is the protective layer of your teeth that keeps them from developing cavities. When you brush too hard, you can erode the enamel and cause the teeth to become sensitive. This damage can lead to sensitivity, discoloration, and even tooth loss if left untreated. Injury to gum tissue can also result in tooth root exposure, causing pain and requiring treatment. Remember that the health of your gums is extremely important to the health of your teeth. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush your teeth gently with a soft touch. Using toothpaste with fluoride can help strengthen and protect your teeth from decay.

  • Teeth Grinding

Stress can be a contributing factor to bruxism or nighttime teeth grinding. Not only can this habit damage your jaw and cause TMJ pain, but it can also lead to premature wear of your teeth. If you grind your teeth at night, ask your dentist about a custom bite guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.

  • Not Visiting The Dentist Regularly

When you skip out on regular visits to your dentist, you’ll be increasing your risk for gum disease, cavities, and other serious health problems in the future. You’ll also notice a general decline in your dental health overall if you deprive your teeth of the proper care they need. It’s never too late to start taking better care of your oral health so call us now to schedule an appointment for your routine checkup and examination. We’ll make sure your mouth stays in good health so it can keep serving you for many years to come.

To learn more, call us at (701) 888-9222 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 5120 Prosperity Way Ste. 108, Fargo, ND.

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