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Did you know that your day-to-day habits may be putting your smile at risk? With the proper care, your teeth can last for decades to come and stay strong, healthy, and beautiful. Explore the five bad dental habits below to see if you can save your teeth by modifying your habits!

1. Teeth, Not Tools

Many people seem to think that their teeth can replace scissors and pliers. When a bottle doesn’t open, when a bag of chips is too tough, or when the package in the mail is hard to pull open, many people then choose to engage their teeth in the task. Over time, this can chip, weaken, and even fracture your teeth. Keep a pair of scissors, a bottle opener, some pliers, and a small screwdriver in a nearby drawer and, next time, grab the right tool when something needs opened, pulled apart, or torn open.

2. Not To Be Chewed

Are you chewing on the end of your pencil as you read this? Many people tend to chew or suck on things that can be harmful for their teeth. If you like to chew on ice, popcorn kernels, or fruit pits, or if you bite your nails, you can put harming your teeth. Instead, chew on sugarless gum or a teeth-friendly snack if you feel you need something to bite.

3. Stop the Grind

Do you grind your teeth when you concentrate or when you’re stressed? Some people grind their teeth while they sleep or when they get distracted. Teeth grinding can wear down your teeth and leads to jaw soreness. Remember to pause time to time and make sure you are not clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth. If you chronically grind your teeth, visit with our dentist about acquiring a night guard.

4. Hard-Bristled Toothbrushes

Your toothbrush is one of the most important dental tools you have, and dentists worldwide recommend that you used a toothbrush that has “soft” bristles. When the bristles of your toothbrush are too hard and stiff, they can damage your gum tissue.

5. Have You Forgotten Something

Did you floss last night? How about mouthwash? Have you visited the dentist within the past 6 months? You may be forgetting an important habit that can contribute to your smile’s health. Call our dental practice at today if you have questions and to schedule an appointment with our caring dentist!