There are many habits that could harm your beautiful teeth and smile!

Your smile is one of the first things others see when they look at you, and it can help you make a great first impression. Because your smile is so important, the last thing that you want to do is harm it! In our previous blog, our dentist in Lawrence went over several bad habits that could harm your smile. Here are the last few habits to avoid to protect your beautiful smile:

#7. Brushing incorrectly

In our previous blog, we discussed how not brushing for long enough can be detrimental to your oral health. Just as important as the length of time you’re spending is your brushing technique. In order to effectively remove plaque, brush in small circular motions, holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your teeth.

#8. Drinking Soda

Soda contains a whole lot of sugar that can eat away at your teeth’s enamel, but even diet soda should be avoided if you are serious about your oral health. Soda, whether it’s diet or not, is extremely acidic. The acidity  and sugar content in soda can lead to several dental problems, including enamel loss and rapidly advancing decay, especially at the gum line and in between teeth..

#9. Sucking on Cough Drops

When you have a cold, cough drops can be incredibly soothing, but just because they are in the medicine aisle, it doesn’t mean they are good for you. Most cough drops contain lots of sugar, and when they sit in your mouth for extended periods of time, you are exposing your teeth to all a constant dose of sugar and this can cause decay.

Protecting your smile starts with avoiding bad habits that can harm it. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about the habits we’ve covered.