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Trucksville Dentist Explains How to Change Your Bad Dental Habits

Stop Forgetting to Floss

Why is flossing one of the most overlooked and one of the most important dental hygiene habits? Many people think brushing is enough to keep their mouths healthy and clean. While brushing at least twice a day is vital to your dental health, it still leaves behind food debris. Don’t believe that? See what food particles brushing leaves behind by flossing afterwards. The evidence might shock you.

These food particles cause bad breath, harmful bacteria, and tooth decay. Leave your floss on the bathroom counter as a visual reminder to floss at least once a day. Using minty flavored floss can also encourage you to repeat this habit since the floss tastes pleasant and gives you fresher breath.

Prevent Pen Chewing

This nervous habit can wear away your tooth enamel and leave your teeth vulnerable to cavities. You can’t reproduce enamel, so protect what you have with fluoride treatments, and stop chewing hard or inedible substances. Keep a package of sugar-free gum in your purse or in your pocket. When you find yourself chewing on a pencil, crunching ice, or clipping your nails with your teeth, chew your sugar-free gum instead.

You can catch yourself in the act by putting a strange object on the end of your pen where you usually chew. Attach a piece of tape, or tie a ribbon around it. When you start your nervous habit again, the foreign object will remind you to quit. Taking this step can not only prevent enamel erosion, but also keep your teeth from chipping or cracking, which causes internal infection, toothache, and temperature sensitivity. 

Remember to Change Your Toothbrush

The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush regularly for your best oral health. Toothbrushes endure multiple encounters with harmful bacteria in one day. Keeping your mouth healthy means keeping your toothbrush clean. Additionally, when a toothbrush is worn and the bristles are frayed, your dental hygiene tool may not be doing a thorough job of cleaning your teeth. Remind yourself to replace your toothbrush by setting an alert, two months after you buy your toothbrush at the most. You can program an alert in your phone calendar, write it on a physical calendar, or put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror with the expiration date. However you decide to remind yourself, remember to replace a toothbrush with frayed bristles no matter how long ago you bought it.

Dr. James Definnis looks forward to helping you stop your bad dental habits. You can start a healthy oral hygiene routine by scheduling a dental cleaning with our Trucksville dentist. Contact Back Mountain Dental at (570)763-4360. We gladly serve patients from the Trucksville, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton areas.


April 12, 2012 - Posted by | Dental Cleaning, Oral Hygiene

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