A healthy and beautiful smile requires more than simply brushing and flossing each day. There are a number of potentially damaging habits that can be hard on the teeth and gums, leading to tooth decay, gum disease or chronic bad breath. Below is a look at some of the bad habits that should be avoided in order to maintain a comprehensive oral care routine.
Brushing is a necessity for a healthy smile, but brushing too hard can do more harm than good. When too much pressure is applied during brushing or a hard-bristled brush is used, the tooth enamel may be worn down so that the softer dentin within the tooth is exposed. This will accelerate the destructive process of tooth decay and increase tooth sensitivity.
Eating throughout the day is bad for the teeth, because it provides a constant supply of food particles to feed the bacteria that cause cavities. Therefore, it is best to keep snacking to a minimum and rinse with water after each meal. When a snack is needed, fresh fruits and vegetables are the best choices for the teeth.
Cigarettes not only stain the teeth yellow, but they reduce the body’s immunity to infections such as periodontitis (gum disease). Smoking also raises the risk for oral cancer, chronic halitosis, bone loss in the jaw and plaque buildup on the surfaces of the teeth.
To find help breaking these and other bad dental care habits, consult the caring staff at Valley View Dental by calling 630-904-5600. With locations in Romeoville and Naperville, Valley View provides excellent family dental care to the Chicagoland community using the latest treatment technologies available.