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Unhealthy Dental Habits You Should Stop Doing Immediately

Let's face it, you probably don't always run and grab the scissors to open things when your teeth can get the job done, right? Well, this is an unhealthy dental habit that may cause damage to your teeth, and this is just one of the unhealthy dental habits that you should stop doing immediately. 

Read on for further unhealthy dental habits you may be doing that can damage your teeth, gums, or even your jaw.

Chewing on Non-Food Items

Food is the only thing you should put into your mouth to chew. If you're chewing on your nails, pen caps, pencils, or other objects, you may wear down the enamel on your teeth. You could also damage your gums and cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. 

TMJ disorder can cause your jaw to lock or click when chewing, talking, or laughing. This disorder can give you pain and headaches and can make eating a difficult task.

Stop chewing on anything other than food. Keep in mind that chewing on things such as gum or ice can also cause damage to your teeth. Ice is too hard, and constantly chewing gum can over-work your jaw.

Eating an Unhealthy Diet

A diet that is high in sugar can be detrimental to your teeth. That sugar will sit on your teeth and gums and will lead to cavities, or carries, and tooth decay. Sugary soda drinks can also damage your teeth.

Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and high in calcium, vitamins, and minerals. Eating clean can improve your dental health, as well as your waistline and your overall health. 

Using Your Teeth as Scissors

As stated above, you should never use your teeth as a tool. You may not feel like getting up to find scissors, but using your teeth is eventually going to damage your teeth and gums. Never use your teeth to cut or to open anything.

Even if you can't open the packaging or break the package open with your hands, don't use your teeth. Grab some scissors instead and save your teeth.

Not Flossing Daily

Failing to floss your teeth each and every day can lead to a buildup of plaque in between your teeth. This area between your teeth accounts for a large portion of your mouth that isn't being cleaned. 

Floss at least once per day, making sure to get in between all of your teeth. If you haven't flossed your teeth in a while, you may feel pain after flossing. This is normal and will stop after a couple weeks of regular flossing.

Brushing With a Hard-Bristle Toothbrush

Your toothbrush should have soft bristles, not hard bristles. Hard bristles may be too harsh on your teeth and can scratch your enamel. Brushing too hard can also scratch your enamel. 

Brush gently in small circles with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice per day. Brush for at least two minutes, and brush the gums and tongue as well. 

If you're brushing hard to try to remove plaque because your teeth still feel dirty, it may be due to a buildup of plaque. A trip to the dentist can remove this plaque buildup and leave your mouth feeling clean again.

Not Going to the Dentist

Going to the dentist helps prevent gum disease, removes built-up plaque, and ensures that you have a healthier mouth. Visit the dentist at least every six months. A dental checkup and x-ray can help you spot problems before they become bigger. 

Your dentist can spot things such as cavities, receding gum lines, and tooth decay and can treat these problems to prevent further damage to your teeth.

These are just a few of the unhealthy dental habits you may be guilty of doing. Change these unhealthy ways to prevent damaging your teeth. Make an appointment with Tomsik Family Dentistry today.