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You want to keep your smile bright, healthy, and happy. You know there are things to do to help this happen, like brushing and flossing daily. Did you know that there are some things that you should NOT do? Dr. Greg L. Wolfe and our team are happy to make you aware of dental habits to avoid.

Brushing Too Hard
Are you brushing your teeth too hard? If so, you could be causing enamel erosion instead of promoting the health of your teeth. Brush your teeth gently with wide strokes. There is no need to scrub. If you worry that you brush too hard, use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Using Teeth as Tools
Many people are guilty of this dental habit. Chewing or biting your nails definitely falls into this category, as does tearing through packages with your teeth. Do not use your teeth as clippers, scissors, or any other tool. If you do, you could suffer from chipped or cracked teeth. For some, resisting using the teeth as tools is especially difficult. If you fall into this category, consider getting a multitool for your keychain. That way, you’ll always have nail clippers and scissors handy!

Skipping Dental Appointments
We recommend that you and your family come in at least every six months for your regular dental cleaning and exam. You may think that missing one or more of these appointments is no big deal, but there could be bad consequences. Preventive cleanings are performed during these appointments. In addition, our dentist in Ventura, California, examines your teeth and checks for any dental issues like decay. Coming into the office means that any dental issues can be caught early, while they are still easy to treat and before further damage occurs.

We welcome you contact Greg Wolfe Family Dentistry at 805-654-1174 today to learn more about bad dental habits and to schedule your next visit.