Quit these 8 Bad Habits to Make Dentists Happy


Dentists frequently see patients with worn teeth, tooth injuries, cavities, chips, cracks, and gum disease. In some cases, the damage was caused by a bad dental habit. We all have a few bad habits, and some of them can do serious damage to our dental health. If you recognize your bad behaviors and change them, you may prevent many expensive and potentially serious dental problems throughout your life. Here are eight of the most common bad dental habits. If any of them are yours, it’s time to let them go.

8 Bad Dental Habits you should Give up Now

  1. Drinking carbonated soda is a habit many people have a hard time breaking. Soda is sugary and acidic, and consuming large amounts contributes to decay and cavity formation. Drink water instead.
  2. Chewing ice seems harmless enough, but the hardness of ice can chip or crack your teeth. Dentists recommend chewing sugarless gum instead. You can even try drinking cold water as an alternative.
  3. Eating starchy junk food is bad for your teeth and your body. Starchy and sugary foods leave a residue that contributes to plaque formation and tooth decay. Clean up your diet for the sake of your teeth.
  4. Using your teeth as a tool. Opening bags and bottles with your teeth can crack your natural teeth and destroy dental restorations. Use your hands or scissors to open bottles and bags, so you can spend less time in the family dentistry clinic.
  5. Chewing pencils or pens damages tooth enamel and can chip or crack your teeth. Use writing utensils for writing, and chew on something healthier like sugarless gum.
  6. Brushing too hard may seem like a good dental care habit, but it actually erodes tooth enamel. Family dentistry professionals suggest you brush gently in a circular motion with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  7. Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco is a terrible habit for many reasons. Besides staining your teeth, it can cause gum disease and oral cancer. If you can’t quit smoking on your own, seek professional help at your family dentistry clinic.
  8. Grinding your teeth is a habit you might not realize you have, but it can cause serious damage to your teeth. If you clench or grind your teeth at night, you may need to wear a dental care appliance called a night guard. Ask your dentist for advice.

Seek out the Best Dentist Northern New Jersey Has to Offer

The best dentist Northern New Jersey offers is the one who can help you break your bad habits and start forming good ones. To enhance your smile and hold onto your original teeth for life, make sure to keep your scheduled dental appointments, and constantly examine behaviors that can compromise your dental care efforts.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Northern New Jersey, call Garden State Dental today at (732) 276-1238 or make an appointment.

Garden State Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Northern New Jersey. Our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Garden State Dental, 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 Garden State Dental.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
This place is amazing! The staff is on point and really nice. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Phil B.
There are so kind and always answer my questions. I just got my Invisalign today and I love it. Their the best !!
Micaela C.
Great place! My daughter comes here, my husband comes here and I now have an appointment as well.
Diane P.
I’m so glad we switched to garden state dental! Love the smaller office feel and the entire staff is friendly and welcoming. We just brought my 3 year old daughter to her first appointment and it […]
Vanessa P.
When I was looking for a dentist in my area to clean my teeth, I relied on making my choice according to the people’s ratings, and I’m so glad that I did! Garden State dental fulfilled my […]
Marvin T.
Office staff is very courteous, professional i needed to be seen an emergency i showed up and was rushed right in no questions asked.
Jose E.
Very professional and courteous, explained the whole process before start, and provide advise and recommendations, place clean and organized. Great experience!!
This has to be my favorite place hands down! The ladies there are the absolute best I have come across! I got my braces done there and they made me feel so comfortable. They really take the pain out […]
Krystal N.
Great experience with ruth
Dawn N.
They never fail to make every visit a wonderful experience. The doctors, assistants, and Marie at the front desk were all very friendly and helpful as always.
Jenna ..
This facility is always extremely pleasant. The front desk staff are friendly and efficient. And even though the office can be very busy on surgical days, every one works very hard to make the […]
Chritine S.
I have been a patient of Garden state dental since I was little . I don’t think I will ever find a dental office like this one. Friendly and professional. Great office!!!!!
Dena K.
Dr. Aiello did my orthodontic treatment and I had a wonderful experience with the doctor and the staff!
Autumn L.
Exceptional–the receptionist, Aida, was very accommodating and made the trip to the dentist not so bad! (Who would’ve thought) Very easy to make an appointment.
Astrid M.
I saw Dr. Mark and Alina and they are absolutely wonderful. They gave me a wonderful experience, consultation, and cleaning. They explained every step of the way. I would highly recommend them to […]
Vanna C.
I have been going to this office for as long as I can remember and they have always treated me with kindness and respect. Devita and Diana always greet me with a smile and are very quick to go above […]
This office is all around great! they took my husband in last minute as a new patient for an emergency and set him up with a dental plan that night. great staff, down to earth and very friendly! we […]
Kat B.
This place is fabulous! Everyone is very nice and accommodating. Highly recommended.
Christina W.
Everyone from the front desk to the dental hygienist to the dentist were very informative and professional. I am very glad I chose Garden StateDental as my dentist.
Kevin D.
Been coming here for as long as I can remember and I love this office!
Isaac H.
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