Get The Facts From Our Novato Dentists On Unhealthy Dental Habits That Can Hurt Your Smile

Written by Dr. McConnell on May 28, 2024

It is so easy for patients of all ages to develop habits and routines that may be hurting their smiles. Many of the things we do that undermine oral health are actually done unconsciously! Today, our Novato dentists are reviewing a few key habits that can take a toll on your oral health. Let’s get started with…

Dental Grinding

Clenching and grinding your teeth together puts immense pressure on your dental enamel. Some patients only grind their teeth intermittently, such as in times of stress. However, if grinding and clenching is happening a lot, you may be suffering from bruxism. 

Reaching for the Wrong Beverages

Many of our favorite drinks are actually pretty bad for our teeth. In fact, even drinks that we think of as healthy, like fruit juices and sports’ drinks, can cause our dental enamel to soften and thin. Whenever possible, reach for water, and try to get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after every snack and meal.

Picking at Your Teeth

If you are trying to reach that stubborn kernel between your teeth, try floss rather than a metal or wooden toothpick. Toothpicks can cause damage to oral tissues and irritate sensitive portions of your tooth structure

Chewing Hard Substances

Making a habit out of chomping on ice, hard candies, and mints can really compound dental damage over time. Try to be mindful about how you are consuming particularly hard substances; the cracks and chips caused by chewing may be imperceptible to the eye, but they are still problematic. 

Brushing at the Wrong Times

Generally speaking, brushing your smile is a good idea! However, in the twenty to thirty-minute window after you finish eating or drinking, you really want to refrain from brushing. It is likely that your enamel is temporarily softened during this time, due to exposure to sugars and acids. Brushing before your enamel has a chance to re-mineralize will weaken teeth over time.

Take simple steps today to protect your smile for the future! Give our Novato dentists a call to get more information or to schedule a personal consultation.