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3 Bad Dental Habits to Break for 2020

Want to learn how to play the violin? Say sorry less? No matter what your new resolution is, the new decade will bring about a fresh start for everyone as pursuing new goals or interests seems more accessible than ever. As you make plans to focus on bettering your health and personal life, however, be sure to keep the health of your teeth in mind as well. 

Taking care of your teeth is taking care of your overall health, and taking care of your overall health is always a great resolution. This year, your McAllen family dentist at WhiteWing Dental wants to help you break a few bad dental habits in order to preserve, and improve, a happier, healthier smile.

1. Using Your Teeth as a Tool

Have you ever removed a tag from a clothing item or ripped a plastic bag open using just your teeth? These small odds jobs might seem insignificant; however, using your teeth as a tool can cause lasting trauma to your teeth.

Using your teeth like a pair of scissors or some other kind of cutting tool is one of the top reasons that people chip or fracture their teeth. Leave the cutting and removing to the tools, and keep them at hand and break this habit in the new year to avoid permanent damage to your teeth.

2. Forgetting to Floss

While flossing can sometimes feel like an extra step or an unnecessary part of our dental hygiene routine, flossing is one of the most critical elements to keeping your smile bright and healthy.

Opting out of flossing increases the chance of developing cavities, serious gum diseases, yellow teeth, or even cardiovascular disease. If you start bleeding a little bit when flossing, try to gently start flossing once more, and if it continues, pay a visit to a periodontist as soon as you can. Start the new year by breaking this bad habit, and you will see improvements in the health of your teeth in no time. 

3. Overconsuming Sugary Foods and Drinks

It’s safe to say that you have heard of the dangers of sugar before. Consuming too much sugar has detrimental health effects on your brain, heart, and other organs. Aside from growing out your waistline, sugar also wreaks havoc on your teeth.

If you consume too much sugar, it will feed bad bacteria that can create a sticky film of plaque over your teeth, which is difficult to brush away. As the plaque forms, the bacteria will secrete acids that can eat away at your tooth enamel, causing erosion in the teeth and cavities while irritating the gum line.  Eventually, if left untreated, the resulting gum inflammation, or gingivitis, can progress to more serious gum diseases like periodontitis.

Make your Smile Brighter for 2020 by Visiting Your Dentist in McAllen Today

This year, keep your smile healthy and break the cycle of bad dental habits. Set the alarm on your phone each night as a reminder to floss and/or keep scissors on hand to avoid using your teeth as a tool. These small changes bring about significant results. Doing so can only make a tremendous difference in the health of your teeth. 

And also keep in mind that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year an estimated 36 percent of adults and 15 percent of children don’t visit the dentist. Make an effort to focus on the health of your smile by visiting your McAllen dentists at White Wing Dental every six months for a regular check-up and to learn how to maintain your healthy smile.


Contact us at (956) 686-5577 to schedule your teeth cleaning and routine checkup today.