Protecting your oral health doesn’t just include good hygiene habits. It also means ditching the bad dental habits that put your smile at risk. Some things are more obvious, such as skipping brushing and flossing. However, others you may do without thinking. Here are a few you should avoid:

  • Not replacing your toothbrush

If your toothbrush is more than a few months old, it’s time to get a new one. Old toothbrushes won’t clean your teeth as thoroughly. Plus, they accumulate germs that can put your oral health at risk. You need to replace yours every three to four months. 

  • Using a toothbrush cap

It may sound like a good idea, but a toothbrush cap isn’t good for your oral health. By covering up a wet toothbrush, the bacteria on the bristles increase. That means you are increasing your mouth’s exposure to germs. Skip the toothbrush cap and let your toothbrush dry in a dry place – ideally away from the toilet.

  • Biting your nails

When you bite your nails, you are forcing your teeth to chew through a hard substance. You can increase the wear and tear on your teeth. Plus, you risk chipping or cracking. In addition, your fingernails have germs and bacteria. You could increase your chances of getting gum disease.

  • Using your teeth as tools

If you use your teeth to open a bottle or open a package, you could potentially experience a dental emergency. You could dislodge or crack a tooth. Ditch those habits and grab a pair of scissors or a bottle opener instead.

  • Sipping sugary beverages all day long

Whether you are a constant coffee drinker or prefer sports drinks to stay hydrated, exposing your teeth to sugary beverages puts your teeth in harm’s way. The sugar in coffee, tea, and other sweetened beverages can blend in with the bacteria in your mouth. It increases your risk for cavities as a result. So, opt for water instead.

  • Constant snacking

If you are the type that enjoys snacks throughout the day, make sure to give your teeth a break. Otherwise, it can overwhelm your teeth since you aren’t giving them a chance to wash away the food. So, take a break and sip water regularly. 

  • Grinding your teeth

If you grind your teeth, you can potentially crack or dislodge a tooth. The most common time of day to do so is during the night while you sleep. That’s why you should get a custom-made bite guard to protect your teeth. We can make one for you, customized to fit you perfectly. It acts like a barrier between your teeth and prevents you from grinding or clenching.

Want to learn the state of your smile? Call Naples Dental Professionals today at 239-429-0258 or 239-977-9120 or request an appointment online.