3 Things Your Dentist Wishes You Would Stop Doing

Very few people actually enjoy going to the dentist. One reason is because of anxiety - you just know the dentist will find something wrong that will require a major dental procedure. However, a lot of people don't like going because they think the dentist will give them a hard time over not doing what they are supposed to for their oral health. Here are three things that your dentist wishes you would stop doing.

1. Biting your fingernails.

One of the biggest things that dentists wish their patients would stop doing is biting their fingernails. Not only can biting your nails cause your teeth to crack and even break because of the pressure and friction it causes, but it also introduces so many germs and bacteria into your mouth.

You know what happens with those germs and bacteria? It can lead you to develop gum disease and chronic bad breath. So, the next time you go to bite your fingernails, resist the urge. Your teeth, and dentist, will thank you for it.

2. Skipping out on brushing your teeth before bed.

At the end of the day it can be so tempting to just go to bed without brushing your teeth. After all, you are tired and it couldn't possibly hurt to skip brushing just that one time, right? The problem is it's never just that one time, and going to bed without brushing can have serious consequences for your teeth.

For one thing, allowing food to remain on and in between your teeth as you sleep at night is like throwing down a welcome mat for bacteria to breed in your mouth - especially if you ate or drank something with a lot of sugar in it. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease if you continue to skip out on brushing before bed.

3. Drinking soft drinks.

Aside from the negative effects soft drinks have on your overall health, they can cause a lot of problems for your teeth. Not only can soft drinks cause your teeth to become discolored, but they can also cause tooth decay and tooth loss. This is especially the case if you sip on soft drinks all day, because that means the sugar in the drinks stays on your teeth all day. 

If you just can't resist your favorite soft drink, try to limit it to drinking it once a day - and in one sitting. You also should brush your teeth immediately afterward to get rid of the sugar on your teeth. However, your dentist would be much happier if you stopped drinking soft drinks altogether. Not only would it help with the health of your teeth, but you would likely find other health benefits from not drinking soft drinks anymore.