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Dr. Na Xu
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Bad Habits You Need to Avoid for Good Oral Health

Posted on 12/10/2016 by Na Xu
A woman chewing ice and causing damage to her oral health.
Aside from the obvious things that are bad for your mouth like smoking, there are quite a few bad habits that people have that could cause long-term damage to their oral health.

If you are guilty of any of these, you should seek out the advice of your dentist. He or she can give you ideas on how to move beyond those habits and get back into good oral health.

Which Bad Habits Are Worst for Your Teeth

Thumb-sucking is a bad habit that can hurt your teeth, but it is usually stopped early enough in childhood to not cause issues that last the rest of your life. However, if you still suck on your fingers, like when you get nervous, it can cause your teeth to shift, leaving you in pain and perhaps not in the best of health.

Brushing or flossing too hard is another bad habit that you need to stop as early as you can. It could cause more harm than good to do either of these too hard, as it causes your body to constantly try and fix the inflammation left behind by your actions.

Chewing on things that are not food is another thing that you need to stop as soon as you can. Even holding non-food objects in your mouth can cause damage. This can hurt the teeth, wear down the surfaces you chew on, and even damage your mouth's tissues if you happen to poke yourself with whatever you are chewing on or biting.

Just because you don't smoke doesn't mean you are doing everything you can to protect your mouth. There are other habits that need to also be addressed.

Take the time to contact our office about your current oral health, and see if there is anything you can do to improve your overall oral health.

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