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Could these Habits be Harming your Smile?

Habits Harming your Smile | Sullivan Dental CenterOne of the primary aspects of family dentistry is education. How can you be expected to know what your teeth and gums need most without education from your dentist and hygienist? Without demonstration and support, many children and adults inadvertently wander down a path that could do more harm than good. Who has time for that?

Sometimes, it isn’t enough to talk about the good habits that need to be instilled (as early in life as possible). It is just as important to point out some of the bad habits that may develop over time. These bad habits aren’t all about eating sugar. No, there are sneaky little ways that your teeth could become susceptible to decay and other problems. Let’s see what they are.

  • Acid-washing. If you were to imagine swishing acid around in your mouth, your hair might stand on end. No one finds this idea particularly appealing. However, there are hidden ways in which teeth are acid-washed. Drinking soda, for instance, or a non-carbonated sports drink. The direct culprit of cavities and tooth erosion is acid, not sugar, and acidly comes from numerous sources. In addition to avoiding soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks, it is beneficial to swish water over teeth after meals or that cup of coffee.
  • Going hard. Go big or go home, right? This is a common attitude that means we should give our all. There are instances in which we can go too far, though, and oral hygiene is one of them. In recent years, dentists have become increasingly aware of patients’ aggressive brushing habits by noticing gum recession or abrasions. Don’t make this mistake. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and light pressure when brushing.
  • Going it alone. You are not alone to manage your oral health. We have an entire team of dental professionals who are here to demonstrate how to brush and floss, to perform a thorough cleaning and examination, and to repair problems while they are still small.

We are in the Smile Business! Let us help you bring out the best in your smile. Call Sullivan Dental Care at 225-224-8444.

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