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Dental Habits Everyone Needs to Break

 In Dental Care, Preventative Dentistry

Look, we get it. Nobody’s perfect. We all pick up bad habits along the way. Even our oral health isn’t immune. Whether you or your child have picked up some bad habits, it is still time to break these bad habits.

 

Thumbsucking

First and foremost, thumbsucking is a terrible habit. And, it could lead to horrible oral issues down the line. So if your child is sucking their thumb or finger, it is important to get them to stop as soon as possible. First, there is a lot of bacteria that are on your hands, and when sucking your fingers, it transfers that bacteria to the oral cavity, which can lead to illness. Second, thumbsucking may shift your child’s teeth and also reshape the palate. This can lead to misalignment of teeth and even airway issues.

 

Skipping Dental Appointments

Everyone needs to see the dentist every six months. Staying on top of your or your child’s appointment is important. If it has been a while since your last checkup, schedule your appointment today

 

Not Flossing

Many people don’t realize how important flossing is. You should floss once a day. Flossing helps prevent decay and gum recession. And, it can help remove any debris that has gotten stuck throughout the day. You should never leave leftover food in your teeth for too long.

So, how can you help yourself or your child to remember to floss? You can put up a post-it note on the bathroom mirror. Or, there are even apps that you can download.

 

Brushing Too Hard or Not Long Enough

One of the top causes of worn enamel is brushing too hard. Over time brushing too hard will also wear away you or your child’s gum tissue. Brushing should use a gentle circular motion. That also goes for not brushing long enough. You should brush, twice a day for 2 minutes at a time. Set up a timer to make sure you brush the allotted time. Or, you can even buy an electric toothbrush. These days, they have a built-in timer and brushes your teeth for 2 minutes. 

 

Change Our Your Old Toothbrush

When was the last time you changed you or your child’s toothbrush? It’s one of those things that many people overlook. Over time, your toothbrush’s bristles start to fray which can actually damage your teeth. Plus, bacteria can build up over time as well. Be sure to change your toothbrush every three to four months.

 

Don’t Leave the Water Running

Who doesn’t want to do their part to save the earth? This is one of the simplest things you can fix but we often forget. After you wet your toothbrush, remember to turn off the faucet. Turning off the water is good for your bill and great for the planet. Use a post-it note on the mirror to remind yourself to turn it off. 

These are just a few small bad habits that you or your child can break. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. Schedule your appointment today. We look forward to seeing you.

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