Did you know that cavities are the most common dental problem in the United States? Cavities are holes that form in your teeth, and they can be caused by a variety of things, including bad oral hygiene habits and eating sugary snacks. In this blog post, we will discuss ten bad habits that can give you cavities. So if you’re looking to keep your pearly whites healthy and cavity-free, read on!
Drinking soda is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth. Not only is it full of sugar, but the acidity in soda can also damage your tooth enamel. If you must drink soda, make sure to use a straw and brush your teeth afterwards. However, the best thing is to minimize the amount of soda you drink on a daily basis.
Chewing on Gummy Snacks:
Chewing on gummy snacks is another bad habit that can lead to cavities. The sugar in gummy snacks can stick to your teeth for hours and cause decay. Sugar-free gummy candies are better, so you can also snack on those instead.
Using Your Teeth as Tools:
Do you use your teeth to open bottles or rip tape? If so, you’re putting your teeth at risk for cavities. Your teeth are not meant to be used as tools, and using them as such can damage your tooth enamel. If you need to open a bottle or rip tape, use a proper tool instead.
Grinding Your Teeth:
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a common problem that can lead to cavities. When you grind your teeth, you’re putting stress on your tooth enamel, which can cause it to break down over time. If you think you may be grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard.
If you’re constantly snacking throughout the day, you’re increasing your risk for cavities. Whenever you eat or drink, sugar and acid are left on your teeth. If you snack often, those sugary and acidic foods can damage your tooth enamel. To avoid cavities, try to limit your snacking or snack on foods that don’t cause plaque accumulation like apples, carrots, or celery.
Smoking is not only bad for your health, but it’s also bad for your teeth. Smoking can stain your teeth, cause gum disease, and increase your risk for mouth cancer. If you smoke, quitting is the best thing you can do for your oral health.
Brushing Too Soon:
Have you ever brushed your teeth immediately after eating? If so, you may be doing more harm than good. When you eat or drink, your tooth enamel is softened by the acid in those foods. If you brush your teeth too soon afterwards, you can damage your tooth enamel. To avoid this problem, wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth.
Flossing Without Floss:
Do you floss your teeth regularly? If so, make sure you’re using proper technique, as well as dental floss. Many people mistakenly think that they can just use toothpicks, fingernails, cutlery, or safety pins to clean between their teeth. However, these items are not designed to clean between teeth, and using one can actually damage your gums. To properly clean between your teeth, you need to use dental floss.
Not Maintaining Your Toothbrush:
Your toothbrush is one of your most important oral hygiene tools, so it’s important to take care of it. You should be replacing your toothbrush every three months, and you should also be cleaning it regularly. To clean your toothbrush, just run it under hot water after each use.
Sharing Eating Utensils:
Do you share eating utensils with others? If so, you’re putting yourself at risk for cavities. When you share eating utensils, you’re also sharing the bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria can cause cavities. To avoid this problem, make sure to use your own eating utensils and keep them clean.
In this blog post, we’ve discussed ten bad habits that can lead to cavities. Cavities are no fun, but thankfully, they can be prevented. By avoiding these ten bad habits, you can help keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free. So brush up on your oral hygiene and make sure you’re taking care of your teeth. Your smile will thank you for it!
Dr. Admar holds dual certificates — a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 from India and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2014 from Canada. He is now a full time practicing dentist in Kamloops where he provides a variety of services, including emergency dentistry. Dr. Admar spends hundreds of hours in continued dental education to stay up to date in cosmetic and implant dentistry and he has achieved several advanced qualifications.