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You should know that some great dental habits include brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and going to the dentist regularly. However, there are some bad dental habits that you may not be aware of that should be avoided.

Nail Biting
Some people bite their nails when they are stressed or nervous. This habit can chip teeth and even have a negative impact on the jaw. Moving the jaw forward to bite the teeth can place pressure on it. To stop biting your nails, try using bitter-tasting nail polish. Stress reduction and setting small goals can also be helpful. If certain situations are triggers to your nail biting habits, try to hold or fidget with something to keep your fingers busy.

Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
Using a toothbrush with hard bristles or scrubbing your teeth vigorously can harm the enamel. To avoid this problem, make sure that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also, take care not to scrub your teeth. Be gentle.

Snacking Constantly
Eating snacks all day, especially when the snack is sugary, can put you at a higher risk of cavities. To avoid this, eat more balanced meals that will leave you feeling full for longer. If you do still snack, choose something that’s low in sugar.

Using Teeth as Tools
Using your teeth as scissors or another tool can potentially crack or break a tooth. Be sure to find something to give you a hand instead of using your teeth as they shouldn’t be used. Your teeth were meant for eating, not to be used as scissors.

Feel free to contact our office today at 203.729.0563 to learn more about dental health in Naugatuck, Connecticut, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Henry Danziger.