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Are your regular habits damaging your teeth? Did you know that with the right care, most permanent teeth can last a lifetime? We invite you to investigate the following five bad habits and learn how you can save your teeth by changing your habits!

1. Teeth Are Not Universal Tools

Many people seem to think their teeth are tools for day-to-day problems. If a bottle refuses to open, if the bag of chips puts up a fight, or if a package in the mail is tough, some people decide to engage their teeth in the task. Over time, however, this can weaken, chip, and fracture your teeth. Instead, keep a pair of scissors, a bottle opener, a set of pliers, and screwdriver in a handy drawer in your home and grab the right tool the next time something needs opened, pulled apart, or torn.

2. You’re Chewing the Wrong Things

Many people chew or suck on things that are damaging to their teeth. If you chew ice, popcorn kernels, fruit pits, or if you bite your nails, you can be causing dental damage. Instead, chew on a piece of sugarless gum or a healthy snack if you need something to chew on

3. Stop The Grind

Chronic stress makes some people clench their jaw when they are concentrating. Some people grind their teeth while they are sleeping or when they’re distracted. Over time, this can wear down your teeth and cause jaw pain. Remember to pause time to time and make sure you are not clenching your jaw. If you grind your teeth at night, talk with your dentist about a night guard.

4. That Toothbrush is Scary

Your toothbrush is a vital tool, and dentists worldwide recommend that you use toothbrushes that have “soft” bristles. If your toothbrush’s bristles are too stiff, they can damage your gums and cause a receding gumline.

5. Did You Forget Something?

Did you floss last night? Did you remember to use mouthwash? Have you made an appointment with your dentist for an exam and cleaning within the past 6 months? You may be forgoing critical habits that can keep your smile beautiful and healthy. Call our office at 856-455-1183 if you have questions about dentistry and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Bennett R. Shanker!