bad dental habits

Breaking Bad Dental Habits

Nobody’s perfect. We all pick up bad habits along the way. Even our oral health isn’t immune to imperfection. Try as you may, odds are you’ve picked up a bad dental habit or two in the name of convenience. That’s totally okay! We get it. And that’s why we’re here: to help ensure your oral health remains in fantastic shape. Here are a few less-than-stellar dental habits that we see often in our patients and some tips on how you can work to break them.

Putting Off a Dental Visit

You knew we had to start here! If you don’t visit the dentist every six months, or if it’s been a while since we’ve seen your smile, schedule an appointment today! You can call us at 704-825-3455 or use our quick and easy online scheduling portal HERE to make an appointment. Staying on top of your health by coming in to see us at Belmont Dental Associates regularly can save you a lot of time and money on oral healthcare down the road.

Not Flossing

You probably figured this one would be on here, too. And you know what, it’s for good reason. Flossing helps prevent decay and gum recession. It’s super important! So how can you remember to floss more? Put a post-it note on your bathroom mirror as a reminder. Invest in a flossing stick — some people feel like this is much easier than the traditional method. Floss at the same time each day to build up a routine. You can also start small, setting a goal of once per week. After that settles in you may find yourself craving a good floss after brushing every time.

Brushing Too Vigorously

One of the top causes of worn enamel is brushing too hard. If your arm is sore after brushing, or you look like a cartoon sawing at your teeth, pull back on the reins. Along with your enamel, over time this friction will also wear away your gum tissue, potentially leading to receding gums. Keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the base of the gums, and move the brush in a gentle, circular motion. Talk to one of our team members about choosing an electric toothbrush to boost your oral healthcare!

Using an Old Toothbrush

When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? It’s not something you often think of, right? The problem with using an old toothbrush is that frayed bristles can end up damaging your teeth rather than cleaning them properly. You should change your toothbrush every three to four months. A good mnemonic device is to change your toothbrush on the first day of every new season. That way you’ll never have an old brush!

Letting the Water Run

This one is self-explanatory, and it’s an easy fix. After you wet your tooth brush turn off the tap. That initial wetting is all the water you’ll need. Turning off the water is good for your bill and great for Mother Earth.