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Protect Your Teeth by Avoiding These Bad Habits


At Baldwinsville Gentle Dentistry, we’ve seen every kind of dental emergency imaginable, from sports injuries to sensitive teeth. What gets us is that many of them are completely preventable. If you want to ensure that your dental visits are relaxing and enjoyable, avoid the following bad habits:

  1. Using your teeth as tools — This one is a doozy! We’ve seen many injuries from patients trying to open bottles, impossible-to-open plastic packaging, even soda cans. Instead of cracking your teeth or ruining your dental work, use the proper tools instead of your teeth.
  2. Scrubbing your teeth — When it comes to brushing, harder is not better. When you scrub your teeth, you run the risk of removing the enamel that protects your teeth. It can also irritate your gum tissue. A soft-bristled brush and a gentle hand should be enough to get the job done. Have trouble controlling the pressure you place on your toothbrush? Try using your non-dominant hand to brush.
  3. Drinking sports drinks — These may seem like a healthier alternative to soft drinks, but they’re not. Just like sodas, sports drinks have acids that weaken your tooth enamel and sugars that hang out on your teeth and cause decay. If you’re active enough that water won’t cut it, be sure to rinse thoroughly after you drink your favorite thirst quencher to minimize exposing your teeth to these damaging ingredients.
  4. Chewing on ice — Believe it or not, ice is strong enough to crack or chip your teeth, so when you chew on it (or pens, straws, pencils, etc.), you run the risk of damaging your smile. While straws are an environmental no-no these days, you might try drinking through one so the ice never tempts you by coming in contact with your teeth. Once you’ve broken the habit, you can break the straw habit, too.
  5. Grazing all day — If you nibble all day long, your teeth are never getting a break from microscopic food particles and bacteria. If your diet or lifestyle requires that you eat every few hours, be sure to brush your teeth after you finish. If brushing isn’t feasible, try rinsing with plain tap water or chewing on sugarless gum to remove some of the debris from the surface of your teeth.

If you’re worried that your bad habits have taken their toll on your teeth, contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve the Baldwinsville and Syracuse regions of New York. We can’t wait to see your smile!