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Habits can be tough to break, especially if they’re addicting. However, they can be extremely harmful. There are many habits that can harm your smile and your oral health, which is why our Calavera Hills Dental dental team encourages you to break those habits as soon as possible. If you don’t, you could suffer severe dental issues. Some of the habits we encourage you to break include:

Avoiding dental cleanings: Dental cleanings are vital for your oral health, especially because the treatment involved is the only technique that can completely remove plaque and bacteria from your smile, which helps prevent gum disease. If you miss your dental cleanings, gum disease and even tooth decay can raid and destroy your smile.

Having an inconsistent oral hygiene routine: Oral hygiene is extremely important. If you forget to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and rinse your mouth daily, there is a high chance you could suffer severe dental issues that can harm your oral health. So, remember to properly clean your smile each day.

Refusing to wear a mouthguard: If you participate in contact sports without wearing a mouthguard, there is a high chance a hard and forceful object, like a ball, foot, elbow, or knee, can hit your mouth and injure or knock out a tooth. This should be avoided at all costs by wearing a mouthguard.

Using your teeth as tools: This might seem crazy, but using your teeth as tools can crack, fracture, or break your teeth. This can include using your teeth to open a package, pull off a tag, or tear open an object. It’s best to avoid this habit altogether.

Please do your best to break these habits if you have them. If you break them, you’ll be on the right track toward a strong and successful oral health and smile in Oceanside, California. For more information and details about how to properly care for your teeth and gums, please call our office today at 760-842-5876. Dr. Christopher Layton and our dental team are more than happy to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!