Chrisman & Wyse

Bad Dental Habits and How to Avoid Them

Mar 16, 2016 @ 10:00 AM — by Dr. David Wyse
Tagged with: General Dentistry Restorative Dentistry

Bad dental habits are one of the biggest threats to oral health, leading to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, restorative dentistry treatments can help reverse the damage caused by bad dental habits, improving the smile's appearance and function. Preventing dental damage begins with avoiding bad dental habits. Learn more about bad dental habits and how to avoid them in this overview from Bloomington, IL dentists Jay W. Chrisman and David D. Wyse.

Issues with Brushing

Most of us know we should brush our teeth at least twice a day to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, but what some may not know is that the way we brush can make brushing more or less effective. Of course, not brushing the teeth is one of the worst bad habits for oral health, but brushing too quickly or too aggressively can also be damaging. Avoid these bad brushing habits to get the most out of your at-home oral hygiene routine.

Not Flossing Daily

It's not enough to floss the week before seeing the dentist. Flossing should be done everyday, but unfortunately, many people neglect flossing and don’t include it in their daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing is essential for removing plaque and food remnants between the teeth and along the gum line, where brushing alone can't reach, making it one of the most effective ways to prevent gum disease. Good flossing habits include flossing at least once a day along each side of each tooth.

Avoiding the Dentist

Avoiding regular trips to the dentist is another common bad dental habit. Skipping regular dental exams and cleanings can let oral health issues go undetected for years. Regular dental exams and cleanings should be scheduled once every six months to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Ignoring the signs of dental damage, like tooth sensitivity or pain, is another bad dental habit that is dangerous to oral health.  Avoiding the dentist can lead to minor dental problems becoming worse. Seeking treatment as soon as you suspect a dental issue can help protect your smile.

Using the Teeth as Tools

Many of us are guilty of using our teeth as tools to open packages or cut tape. Using your teeth as tools puts the teeth at risk of chipping or breaking. Even chewing on pen caps or biting your nails can damage the teeth. Try chewing sugar-free gum to break the habit.

Schedule a Consultation

Drs. Chrisman and Wyse offer a variety of dental treatments to restore the damage caused by bad dental habits. To receive your personalized treatment plan, we invite you to schedule a consultation today.