There are certain things that we all know we should be doing to take care of our teeth, and things we know that can lead to discoloration or damage of our teeth. The truth is, some dental habits are just harder to break than others! Here is our list of the top 10 hardest bad dental habits to break:
1. Brushing Too Hard. You want to scrub away all of the gunk that has accumulated on your teeth, but brushing too hard is a common dental habit that can actually wear away enamel and cause gum issues.
2. Not Flossing. Sure, it may take a few extra minutes to floss, but it’s well worth the extra time needed to get all of the food particles out from between your teeth!
3. Drinking A Lot of Soda. Though most people know the damages that soda can cause to teeth, this remains one of the hardest habits to break.
4. Eating Foods That Stain Teeth. Foregoing foods that will stain your teeth is a hard habit to break, but will make your smile brighter and whiter over time.
5. Using Teeth To Open Things. Using your teeth like a pair of pliers or scissors can cause teeth to chip and break.
6. Avoiding The Dentist. Many people are guilty of avoiding the dentist for a number of reasons, but think of your dentist as an important friend that will clue you in when things are going wrong with your teeth and gums and give you solutions to the problems!
7. Grinding Your Teeth. Teeth grinding can happen at night, making it an extra hard habit to break. Try a mouth guard at night to stop this bad habit.
8. Not Brushing Long Enough. 30 seconds just won’t cut it. Even if you’re in a rush, take the time to spend 2-3 minutes brushing your teeth.
9. Over-bleaching Your Teeth. Sure, you want a white and pearly smile, but over-bleaching your teeth can cause tooth and gum sensitivity and look unnatural.
10. Home Remedies. Some people ignore tooth and gum problems, while others try to take things into their own hands to avoid the dentist! Some DIY projects can have good results (like a homemade toothpaste), but others will end up causing more damage to your teeth!
If you have any questions about your dental health, feel free to contact the professionals at DentaLux today!