Habits that are Bad for Your Teeth

Habits that are Bad for Your Teeth

Practicing good dental hygiene and visiting our West Hollywood dentist regularly can help keep your teeth in top condition and avoid the development of dental health problems as gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss. Avoiding unhealthy dental habits can also help reduce your risk of common dental problems.

1. Thumb suckingMany toddlers and children suck their thumbs or fingers to calm themselves or as they sleep. Even though it is a common habit, it is a potentially risky one. Long-term thumb sucking can lead to misaligned teeth and abnormal jaw structure. Quitting the habit can be tough, but we can help provide tips that can get your little one on the right track.

2. Aggressive cleaningBrushing helps remove plaque from your teeth, but if you brush too hard, you can actually remove the enamel of your teeth and irritate your gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, a circular motion and a gentle touch every time you brush them for the best results.

3. Unhealthy habitsEnergy drinks, lemonade, juice and sodas are all popular with people of all ages. However, these drinks all tend to have excessive sugar and a high acid content, which can erode your dental enamel. Enjoy these drinks in moderation, and rinse with water when you have finished. Avoid brushing for 30 minutes after you have enjoyed these drinks to minimize the potential for damage.

Contact our dental office today to schedule your appointment or to learn more about how you can keep your teeth strong, healthy and beautiful.