Dental One Associates of Fredericksburg
201 Park Hill Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

6 Bad Dental Habits Sabotaging Your Smile

dca-blog-bad-dental-habits

Your dental health is in your hands, so you want to avoid having bad habits to ensure you have a great smile. See which habits could be hurting your teeth in order to save your smile.

1. Brushing Badly: Most people think that the harder they brush, the cleaner their teeth. But using too much pressure when brushing or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can do significant damage to the delicate tooth enamel and cause severe tooth sensitivity. To avoid these dental care risks, brush gently yet thoroughly with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

2. Swallowing Fluoridated Toothpaste: When parents discuss how to cure bad dental habits in their children, this one is rarely mentioned because many parents think that toothpaste is harmless when swallowed. The truth is that ingesting too much fluoride can lead to problems in the teeth and bones. To reverse the problem, teach kids that toothpaste is not candy and is actually bad for their health when swallowed.

3. Bypassing Bad Breath: Most people associate bad breath with poor dental care instead of health. As a result, it may be mentioned when discussing how to cure bad dental habits, but people focus on the cure of simply brushing more often or using mouthwash to prevent bad odor. While those solutions are helpful, it’s important to realize that bad breath can be a warning sign of a major medical condition, such as heart disease, liver disease, or uncontrolled diabetes. If bad breath doesn’t subside once you’re practicing better dental care, talk to your dentist about possible problems.

4. Smoking: It’s deadly to use of any type of tobacco, regardless of whether it’s smoked or chewed. Tobacco use is not only one of the worst bad dental habits, but it’s also one of the worst overall health habits because contributes to cancer.

5. Using Teeth as Tools: This is one of the most common bad dental habits and many people do it mindlessly. Some use their teeth to hold a pen, open a tight bottle cap, thread a needle, bite their nails, or grasp a hair clip when their hands are full. But this habit can be harmful by chipping your teeth, causing the loss of tooth enamel, and leading to dental care problems over time. It may take some time to change this habit, but keep reminding and stopping yourself from using your teeth as handy tools.

6. Grinding Your Teeth and Clenching Your Jaw: Have you developed the bad dental habits of teeth grinding or jaw clenching? This is actually a disorder called bruxism and it can cause major dental care problems, tooth loss, serious jaw pain, facial soreness, tooth sensitivity, and headaches.

For advice on how to cure bad dental habits, ask your dentist which treatment options are right for you.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Fredericksburg, call Dental One Associates of Fredericksburg today at (540) 765-4655 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Fredericksburg. With 6 affiliated practices throughout Virginia, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Fredericksburg, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Fredericksburg.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Good and prompt service. Pleasant and courteous reception.
Julius G.
The staff is friendly and professional and the service is always prompt.
T. M.
I have been with Dental One Associates for many years, and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Every member of the staff is great, and I especially like Tyshia, who takes great care of me. Five stars!
Shelly S.
Everyone was very friendly. My 3 year old had a great experience.
Jase Q.
Great team very friendly
Marianne P.
Very professional group
Matthew C.
Excellent, friendly service and value.
John D.
My daughter recommended this office and I am glad I went. Great doctor and awesome staff.
Sheral M.
I was incredibly nervous about even calling a dentist as I had put it off too long and now was in pain. The very first person I spoke to on the phone helped me feel better by being so kind. Everyone […]
Elizabeth B.
I’ve always been happy with the people and service.
Jacob G.
Great ortho care and friendly staff
Ty P.
Friendly staff and fast service.
Arden D.
Tyshia has always done excellent work on me over the many years. Very gentle and thorough. Dr. Mohammed and his excellent Staff did the best root canal I’ve ever received. He is a fast worker […]
James R.
I had a good experience on my first visit there. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
Teresa D.
I was afraid of all dentist until I came to Dentist one associate. I was pain free well just a little but there my go to dentist office now
Billy S.
Everyone in the office was friendly and understanding. I had the date wrong for my appointment but they managed to get me in that day.
Loretta J.
Well with me walking in about 24 hours before my scheduled appointment for the first step in getting another tooth crowned and you all took me pretty much immediately, I’d say that’s star […]
William B.
Everyone was very nice and efficient.
Carla B.
Took care of my need so quickly
Linda P.
The office staff is very friendly and helpful. Also the dentist does great work and has a good bedside manner.
Kandy M.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (540) 765-4655
Our Location