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Bad Habits to Avoid if You Want Healthy Teeth and Gums

May 4, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Jason Annan
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At East Cooper Smiles, your oral health is our top priority. We encourage regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings as part of this priority. However, there are measures you can take—and bad habits you can avoid—to keep your teeth and gums healthy between dental visits.

Let’s look at four bad habits your Mt. Pleasant, SC dentist recommends you break to maintain your teeth for life.  

4 Bad Habits to Break for a Healthier Smile

#1 Avoid Falling Asleep with Debris on Your Teeth

Your dentist recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing at least once. These practices lower your risks for preventable dental conditions like cavities and gum disease. However, if you have a meal or snack close to bedtime, we recommend adding an additional brushing and flossing session.

#2 Avoid Using Your Teeth as a Tool

Sometimes, when we can’t twist off a cap, we use our teeth to grind and yank it free. This is a terrible habit because it can damage tooth enamel, which leaves you vulnerable to cavities. Using your teeth as a tool can also mean a tooth fracture. And do not chew on cubes or other objects that put your teeth at risk.

#3 Cut Down on Sugar and Acid Foods and Drinks

Soda and fruit juices are sugary and acidic, which can cause tooth decay. Other beverages that many people don’t consider are sports drinks and vitamin waters. We recommend checking the label and avoiding or limiting consumption when needed.

#4 Stop Skipping Dental Checkups

Dental checkups are your best defense when it comes to keeping your smile healthy. It’s crucial to schedule and keep your twice-yearly dental exams and teeth cleanings in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

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