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3 Habits To Avoid if You Want Healthy Teeth and Gums

3 Habits To Avoid if You Want Healthy Teeth and Gums

3 Habits To Avoid if You Want Healthy Teeth and Gums

Adults get one set of teeth. There could be an option these days for implants that look and act just like the real thing — but it’s always easier to reduce risks than to solve problems.

1. Stop Skipping the Dentist, We Miss You

Yes, dentists obviously want you to come in a couple times a year. After all, we love our patients — but there’s another reason you shouldn’t forget to make your six-month appointment before you leave the office.

Routine professional care is about more than tooth cleaning. There’s even more to it than imaging and cancer screenings. It’s about getting to know you. Changes in oral health happen over long periods of time, and everyone’s mouth is different.

When our patients check in biannually, we get more information. It helps us predict patterns, notice risks and suggest preventive dentistry practices, all based on case-specific, long-term data. That saves our patients time, money — and even teeth.

2. Stop Going Wild While Brushing

Excessive brushing strength can damage gums and enamel, especially when you do it with firm brushes. Some of the signs you might be brushing too hard — and some of the best reasons not to do it, coincidentally — include:

  • Sensitivity, even when you don’t eat sugary or acidic foods
  • Excessive or premature gum erosion
  • Damaged enamel

The solution: Typically you should switch to a soft brush in these situations. Brushing habits don’t change overnight, but try to use small, circular motions and less pressure.

3. Stop Eating Sugar

Dentists might sometimes seem like we’re on a mission to rid the world of tasty treats, but we really mean well. Also, we really mean it when we suggest cutting back on things like sugary bread, chocolate, dried fruit and sour candy. Some people with certain oral health needs should avoid sugar altogether.

Sugar makes the bacteria in your mouth multiply. Their increased activity leaves behind acids that could erode the surface layers of your teeth. Your body has ways to deal with this — it helps you create saliva to wash it all away.

The problem is when little bits of food hide away. If you want to eat sugar, the best time to do it is around 30 minutes before you brush your teeth. Mid-morning sweet runs or afternoon snack attacks allow the food particles time to lurk for hours, if you follow a morning-night brush schedule.

Teeth are among the toughest parts of your body — but they’re far from invincible. We hope to see you within the next six months. Call Dental Design Studios at 602-775-5656 to make an appointment at one of our offices today if you’re in the Phoenix area.

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