Break These Bad Dental Habits This Year

Everyone has at least one bad habit - but did you know some bad habits can have effects on your oral health? If you're looking for ways to improve your oral health this year, then consider knocking these bad habits.

Chewing Your Nails

This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw. Placing your jaw in a protruding position for long periods of time can place pressure on it, which is associated with jaw dysfunction. Solution: Stress reduction and holding something to keep your fingers busy if certain situations are triggering.

Brushing Too Hard

Brushing with a hard toothbrush, or brushing too hard, can damage your teeth and irritate your gums. Solution: Use a soft toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance at the proper pressure. Don’t think ‘scrub’ think ‘massage’.

Grinding and Clenching

Grinding and clenching cause muscle tenderness and joint pain, not to mention chipping and cracking of the teeth. Solution: A mouthguard at night can help along with relaxation exercises and staying aware. You will have less pain, soreness, and tooth damage.

Chewing Ice Cubes

Most of the time the ice will break when crushed between your teeth, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break. Solution: Drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw so you're not tempted. The pleasure that comes from chewing ice is not as great as the risk of chewing it and breaking a tooth. 

Using Your Teeth As Tools

Your teeth are not a pair of scissors, they are for eating. You put your teeth at risk for cracking or injuring your jaw when you use them as tools. Solution: Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand. Your mouth will thank you.

Schedule An Appointment

Habits can be hard to break, but your dentist can help. To meet with Dr. Kandar and learn more about the best ways to improve your dental health, book an appointment online or call (415) 523-9178!

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