Bad Habits to Avoid If You Want Healthy Teeth and Gums

Taking care of your teeth and gums should be a priority if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Most of us are aware of the importance of regularly brushing and flossing our teeth. However, you may not be aware that certain habits can negatively impact your oral health. Keep reading to learn more about what habits you should avoid if you want healthy teeth and gums. 

Skipping Routine Dental Checkups

Preventative care is critical for maintaining good health. Visiting your dentist twice a year is the most effective strategy to maintain healthy teeth and gums. 

Your dentist is equipped with the necessary tools and experience to properly assess your oral health. Your dentist is trained to identify early indications of tooth decay, gingivitis, and even oral cancer. X-rays and intraoral cameras also assist the dentist in identifying any problems with your teeth early on so that they may be addressed before they become a problem.

Not Brushing and Flossing Consistently

You're constantly reminded of the need to clean your teeth twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps eliminate plaque and tartar accumulated on the teeth and gums. By not brushing, you allow dangerous bacteria to penetrate the tooth enamel, resulting in cavities or worse. 

To properly clean between your teeth and in other hard-to-reach, you also have to floss daily. 

Biting Your Nails

Nail-biting can have serious consequences. If you have brittle enamel or have veneers on your teeth, persistent nail-biting may cause harm. A chipped tooth is unsightly, and fixing veneers is costly. In addition, this bad habit also increases your risk of infections as the germs on your fingers enter your mouth. 

Consuming Sugary Snacks and Sodas

Snacking often and having a diet that is high in sugar exposes your mouth to various risks. Sugar sticks to your teeth and produces acids that attack your tooth enamel. Therefore, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, you should limit your intake of sugary snacks and sodas and clean your teeth after consuming them. 

Dr. David Powell, DDS, at All Care Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care services, including expert advice on how to maintain your dental health. For more details or to schedule an appointment, call (801) 266-1414, book on our website, or visit us at 6065 S Fashion Blvd # 275, Murray, Salt Lake City, UT 84107.

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