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4 Everyday Habits That Will Send You Straight to the Dentist November 23, 2016

Anchorage, Anchorage County
4 Everyday Habits That Will Send You Straight to the Dentist, Anchorage, Alaska

Family First Dentistry of Anchorage is the best source for general and family dentistry in the area. Whether you need a checkup, teeth whitening, or a more serious procedure, the team at Family First Dentistry will help you achieve the smile you've always wanted. You can help yourself on your own time, too, especially if you avoid some of the everyday habits that are ruining your teeth. 

Skipping certain foods, especially the sweeter treats in life, is hard to do, but the more effort you put into it, the less time you'll spend heading to the dentist to clean up the mess. Here are a few habits to avoid when you’re working to improve your oral health: 

  • dentistRough Brushing: You may think you're simply giving your teeth a more thorough cleaning when you brush harder, but vigorous brushing will actually do your mouth and teeth harm. It can wear down your enamel, irritate your gums, and increase your sensitivity. That’s why Anchorage’s best dentists recommend buying a soft brush and going easy when you’re brushing.
  • Teeth Grinding: Do you often wake up with a headache and sore jaw? Teeth grinding may be the culprit. There’s no single cause of this problem—anxiety, stress, alcohol use, caffeine, and sleep disorders are all potential offenders. The treatment depends on the cause, but dentists recommend wearing a custom mouth guard overnight to protect your teeth and reduce jaw pain. 
  • Chewing On Ice: Chewing on ice is a refreshing way to cool down, but it can damage your teeth more seriously than you may think. The combination of hard and cold can lead to cracked teeth, so go easy on the ice next time you're downing a drink or you'll end up right back at the dentist.
  • Using Your Teeth As An All-Purpose Tool: Desperate times call for desperate measures, and occasionally, those measures involve using your mouth as an all-purpose tool. Regardless of how many seconds you end up saving by opening wrappers and bottles with your teeth, the damage it ends up doing isn't worth it. 

Even if you take immaculate care of your teeth, you're going to need to visit the dentist on a regular basis. Family First Dentistry provides the best dental care in Anchorage. Visit them online for more information on their many services, or call them at (907) 562-2820 to set up an appointment today.  

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