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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 every day. Did you know that there are some things that you should NOT do? Dr. Nandhini Bogavelli is 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. 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 in 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. If you often use your teeth as tools, 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. Preventive cleanings are performed during these appointments. In addition, our dentist in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 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 Pristine Smiles at 717-790-2184 today to learn more about bad dental habits and to schedule your next visit. Our dentist and team are willing and waiting to answer any questions that you may have!