Everyone was taught the proper way of brushing when they were young. Parents often teach their kids the value of regular brushing and why they need to see their dentist every year. But at some point, when people grow up, they tend to develop oral health habits that could put their teeth and gums at risk. Choosing to eat the unhealthy foods is one of the practices that people develop as they age. Sadly, it is also one of those bad habits that are hard to break.

But every bad habit begins somewhere. When you know that the simple things you do could lead to the development of habits that could cause you harm, perhaps it will make you think twice about ever trying it to begin with. To those sparkly whites, here are some habits you should try to avoid:

  • Smoking

This is the most apparent habit that everyone should avoid. It can be considered as one of the most destructive practice for it causes bad breath and teeth discoloration, but it could also lead to other serious oral health conditions like inflamed salivary glands, loss of density of the jaw bone and even oral cancer. Giving up this habit is one of the best things that a smoker can do for himself, but it isn’t an easy road to take. You don’t have to do it alone. Consult with your dentist for some tips on how to give up smoking for better dental health.

  • Brushing Too Hard

Are you guilty of this too? Brushing at least twice a day is what most dentist in Sydney Road Dental Care recommends. But this doesn’t mean you have to brush too hard to get those food particles off the surface of your teeth. In fact, doing so may cause you more harm than good. Aggressive brushing does not only strip the teeth of its natural protective film, but it also irritates the gums causing it to bleed. Remember, always choose to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. That’s the best way to start brushing correctly.

  • Crunching on Ice

Do you like the sound of crushing ice against your teeth? The crunch might be soothing, but it could cause a lot of damage to your pearly whites. Remember that the teeth are not designed to crunch on ice, that’s why doing that could cause it to get chipped or cracked. Did you know that exposing teeth to extreme cold such as the ice could result in tooth sensitivity? If you want to save yourself from the pain that could sting or throb, let go of the ice and keep your teeth protected.

Are you guilty of doing any of these? At Sydney Road Dental Care, we always remind our patients how stressful not to mention expensive it can be to have their teeth replaced. So if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong, avoid making any of these habits. Break them now before they cause more harm to your overall health.