Naughty & Nice Dental Behavior’s This Holiday Season
Follow these tips & tricks to get back into your dentist good graces in time for the holiday’s. Some of you may find that you are on the naughty list this year with your dentist. Wondering how you ended up on the naughty list?
Naughty: Using a hard bristled toothbrush. Brushing with hard bristles can be painful, but it can also wear away the gums and erode tooth enamel at the gum line.
Naughty: Not flossing daily, or flossing incorrectly. Even if you are flossing daily as recommended, it won’t do much good if your technique is off.
Naughty: Not wearing a mouthguard while playing sports. Without the protection offered by a mouthguard, you & your sporty friends are more likely to suffer from lacerations, bruises and chipped or lost teeth.
Naughty: Sharing utensils particularly with infants and toddlers. Sharing utensils, tasting each other’s food or washing a pacifier off in your mouth may seem harmless, but they can actually pass bad bacteria from one mouth to another— including bacteria that cause’s cavities.
Naughty: Grinding teeth. Over time this painful habit can wear down the teeth and may even cause fractures, not to mention disrupting a loved one’s sleep.
Ensure You Are On the Nice List
Nice: Brushing with a soft bristled toothbrush. Pliable bristles are easier on the gums & can reach in between and under the gums without causing damage or pain.
Nice: Flossing daily & taking the time to do it right. Need some tips, ask your Dentist about the proper way to floss.
Nice: Donning a mouthguard even for non contact sports. Ask your Dentist about wearing a mouthguard to earn a spot on the nice list and save your smile.
Nice: Making sure everyone has his or her own utensils, straws and toothbrushes. Ensure that no one shares toothbrushes, utensils, straws or food. If you have a little one, don’t clean his or her pacifier by placing it in your own mouth and discourage your kids from placing fingers in his or her mouth.
Nice: Taking steps to stop night-time grinding. If you know you are grinding your teeth at night, discuss this with your dentist. Ensure you are taking the proper steps to ensure you stop this bad habit. Your dentist can make your own custom nightguard.