Things You're Doing that Are Hurting Your Oral Health

Things You're Doing that Are Hurting Your Oral Health

At The Smile Agency, led by Karen Guinn, DDS, we enjoy sharing educational tips on how to maintain good oral health. Whether you visit our practice in Pasadena or West Covina, California, our consultations always include ways for you to achieve the healthiest smile possible.

We often talk about the importance of brushing and flossing, but taking care of your teeth and gums actually requires a little more than that.

Let’s look at five things that might be harming your oral health:

1. Brushing your teeth and gums too hard

You might think that the harder you brush, the cleaner your mouth gets. However, brushing too hard can tear your gums and damage your teeth. It can also cause a receding gum line. We recommend that you gently brush with a soft-bristled brush and a low-abrasive toothpaste.

2. Chewing hard, crunchy items or food

How often do you put a pen or a pencil in your mouth and bite down? Habits like these can be mindless, but when you become aware, you can put them to rest. 

You might also like to chew on ice, but the combination of the hardness and the cold can fracture your teeth. In addition, you should be careful not to bite down on foods like popcorn kernels or hard nuts.

Avoiding hard impacts on your teeth can help them stay strong and healthy.

3. Using your teeth as tools

If you don’t have a proper tool nearby, it’s easy to want to use your teeth when trying simple tasks like tearing a package open, ripping off a price tag, or twisting a top off a bottle. But, these actions put your teeth at high risk for chipping or fracturing, so it’s a good idea to find and use the right gadget instead of your teeth.

4. Eating and drinking sugar

Did you know that sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay? That’s why you should limit your sugar intake. Staying away from sweets and sodas as much as possible can help you avoid the development of cavities.

5. Avoiding your routine dental checkups

Visiting Dr. Guinn and our professional dental team once every six months allows us to professionally clean your teeth and identify any issues you might have. Keep in mind that early treatment can help prevent more complications from developing in the future. 

As you continue your visits with us, we can help you maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime while treating you like family.

To schedule an appointment with our friendly dental team, and to learn more tips about keeping your teeth and gums at their peak performance, call us at either location today, or book your visit online. If you have any questions before you come in, send us a message, and we’ll be happy to answer.

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