5 Harmful Habits That Affect Your Oral Health [BLOG]

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To keep your natural teeth for as long as possible, taking good care of them and your gums is essential.

If you’ve already suffered gum disease and other dental problems, our team is here to help you get back on track.

At the LANAP & Implant Center, we offer a variety of advanced dental implant solutions and gum therapies to restore your oral health, but we can also talk to you about ways to maintain a healthier mouth, as well.

We’ll start by looking at five harmful habits that can have a profoundly negative effect on your oral health!


Of all the harmful habits that negatively impact your oral and overall health, smoking is at the top of the list.

Not only does it put you at a much higher risk for certain cancers, but it just about doubles your chances of developing gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss.

For the sake of your smile and your health, visit the LANAP & Implant Center so we can talk to you about your gum disease risks and our smoking cessation services.

*Rushing The Brushing*

According to the American Dental Association, you should be spending about two minutes brushing your teeth, and that’s each time you brush.

So if you’re rushing through it, you may not be giving your teeth and gums the thorough cleaning they need to be free of food particles and sugary residue that fuels bacteria in your mouth.

Think about investing in an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer to make sure you’re giving your smile the TLC it deserves!

*Quenching Your Thirst With Soft Drinks*

If your beverage of choice is soda, you’re at a greater risk for tooth decay. Soft drinks contain tons of sugar, which does much more to feed bad bacteria in your mouth than quench your thirst!

Even diet soft drinks can do serious damage over time because of the high acidity that eats away at your tooth enamel.

When it comes to your oral health, nothing beats water. It keeps you hydrated, your saliva production at a healthy level, and your teeth and gums shielded from damage and stains.

*Clenching Your Jaw & Grinding Your Teeth*

When you grind your teeth or clench your jaw day in and day out, you’re putting your oral health at risk. That’s because all that tension and pressure can have residual effects that threaten your TMJ alignment and your tooth enamel. Tiny damage on the surface of your teeth can worsen, wearing your teeth down over time and leaving them vulnerable to harmful bacteria.

We can offer solutions for TMJ disorder and teeth grinding so your healthy smile stays that way!

*Avoiding Routine Dental Care*

More than anything else, we find that fear and anxiety keep patients from getting the routine professional dental care they need to maintain great oral health. It may begin innocently enough with one skipped appointment, but before you know it, you can face serious dental problems as those routine checkups become fewer and farther between.

If fear is keeping you from your best oral and overall health, the LANAP & Implant Center is the practice for you. We have specialists who’ve trained extensively in sedation dentistry so you can get the treatment you need while feeling deeply relaxed and comfortable.

Call TODAY For An Appointment!

Dr. DiGiallorenzo and our team go far beyond your average dental practice to keep your mouth healthy.

We specialize in advanced gum therapy and implant dentistry to restore your unhealthy smile and get you back on the road to total wellness and a better quality of life.

Take advantage of our wide-ranging holistic treatments and our state-of-the-art techniques at the LANAP & Implant Center!

Call 610-228-4366 for our Collegeville, PA office or 570-505-6908 for our South Williamsport location, or fill out our convenient online form to request an appointment.

Meet Dr. D

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics, and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology.

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