We all know how important brushing and flossing are in order to maintain a bright and beautiful smile. However, your mouth might need more than just an excellent oral health routine to protect your pearly whites.
You might even be destroying your teeth without even knowing! The following are common issues that can damage your teeth:
Improper Brushing Techniques
Brushing your teeth is the foundation to clean teeth, but you might be causing more damage than good by brushing them incorrectly. Brushing too hard or with a hard-bristled toothbrush might erode enamel, which can make your teeth prone to cavities. We recommend brushing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush.
Improper Chewing Can Be a Terrible Habit
We may not think much about absentmindedly chewing down on a pencil or fingernails. While we might think it helps alleviate stress, many things we chew on can weaken our teeth and might lead to cracks or fractures. We recommend chewing on a crunchy apple or soft gum next time you have the urge.
Your Teeth Are Not Tools!
You might consider opening beer bottles with your teeth a neat party trick, but we recommend you don't. It might be handy to use your teeth to open packages (after all, they're right there), but you don't want to risk a broken tooth.
Keep an Eye on Your Snacks
Frequent sugary treats might make our heart sing, but our stomachs and even oral health might have different opinions. Too much sugar can easily lead to tooth decay or disease. We recommend bright, crispy vegetables to curb your appetite.
Don't Miss Your Dental Check-Up
The best way to keep up with your teeth is by seeing us regularly. Your Lexington dentist will be able to catch oral health problems while they're still young (and inexpensive). The more these issues grow, the costlier they will be.
Is It Time for Your Next Dental Cleaning?
We can't wait to see you and your beautiful smile! Don't forget to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Davis and his excellent dental team. We all look forward to seeing you at our Lexington, KY dental office.