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As you may already know, there are many habits in the world today that can severely harm your smile. So, if you participate in those habits, your dentist won’t be too happy about it. If you’re one who wants to stay on your dentist’s good side, we ask that you refrain from doing the following things:

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush
If you think hard-bristled toothbrushes do a better job than soft-bristled toothbrushes, you could not be more off base. Soft-bristled toothbrushes safely and effectively clean your smile while also taking care of your gums. Hard-bristled toothbrushes tend to wear the tooth enamel and irritate the gums. They may also cause pain on occasion. So, it’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Not flossing daily
As taught in early childhood, flossing is extremely important. If you floss once a day, the plaque and food particles will be removed from your chompers, which will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So, please do not skip a day of flossing. Doing so can harm your oral health more than you know.

Not wearing a mouthguard
Mouthguards can protect your smile. So, if you play sports and you refuse to wear a mouthguard, many things can happen. You could get your teeth knocked out, chip your teeth, or even bite through your tongue. It’s best to always wear a mouthguard while you are active.

Sharing utensils
Sharing utensils and toothbrushes can greatly increase your chances of developing tooth decay. It can also fill your mouth with harmful bacteria, germs, and infections that can alter your overall health. It’s best to avoid sharing utensils altogether.

Grinding teeth
Teeth grinding is a habit that can wear down and fracture your teeth. This habit generally develops at night while you sleep or during the day when you are stressed. If you tend to grind your teeth, consider wearing a mouthguard at night and trying relaxation techniques during the day.

These five habits can harm your teeth and alter your oral health, which is why we ask that you avoid them as much as possible. Your dentist, Dr. Thomas Bell, and our dental team care about you and your smile, so if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about smile care in La Grange, Illinois, we encourage you to call 708.469.6006 today!