Gentle Dental of Allentown
2015 West Hamilton Street, Suite 202, Allentown, PA 18104

Top 3 Bad Dental Habits You Need to Break Now


No matter how you try to take care of your teeth, you may have some bad dental habits that you’ve hesitated to fix. Use these helpful hints to overcome three common dental care slips.

1.  Barely Brushing and Flossing

The basics of good dental care are brushing and flossing twice a day, using an antibacterial mouth rinse daily, and replacing your toothbrush every three months. Unfortunately, too many people don’t follow these dental directions because they forget or get too busy. Soon, this lack of care turns into bad dental habits that can be difficult to break.

When it comes to how to cure these bad dental habits, it’s as simple as taking the time to take better care of your teeth. Remind yourself to brush and floss at least twice a day, keep a bottle of mouth rinse right next to your bathroom sink, and stock up on toothbrushes so you always have a fresh one ready.

2.  Rough Brushing

People often believe that the harder the bristles are on the brush, the better their teeth will be, so they use a firm hand and a firm-bristled toothbrush. This actually does more harm than good because it erodes the delicate tooth enamel and pushes back the gums to expose the tooth’s root, which increase their tooth sensitivity.

The way to break these bad dental habits is by changing the way you brush. Get a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a delicate touch so you can protect your teeth while still keeping them clean.

3.  Dangerous Drinking

Drinking beverages that are staining or sugary, as well as biting on ice cubes in these drinks, are two bad dental habits that need to be broken. Dark-colored drinks can leave severe stains on teeth, while sugary beverages can erode the delicate tooth enamel. And crunching on ice cubes can chip enamel, fracture teeth, and cause other dental care problems.

Are you wondering how to cure bad dental habits like these? You just need to be aware of what you’re eating and drinking and take the proper precautions. Instead of cubes, use crushed ice in drinks, and sip staining or sugary beverages through a straw to reduce their coming into contact with teeth.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Allentown, call Gentle Dental of Allentown today at (610) 616-3593 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Allentown. With 14 affiliated practices in the Greater Philadelphia area, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Allentown, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Allentown.

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