Image courtesy of Ambro /

Image courtesy of Ambro /


1. Consumption of Sugary Drinks

This includes so called “sports drinks,” sodas, juices, lemonade and kool aid.


2. Consumption of Sodas, Including Diet Sodas

This was mentioned above, but it’s important to remember that ALL sodas, including diet sodas, are bad for teeth due to their acidic nature and propensity to erode tooth enamel.


3. Allowing Plaque Accumulation

Allowing plaque to accumulate on your teeth through poor oral hygiene and infrequent trips to the dentist can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.


4. Smoking

Smoking causes stains that are difficult to remove, gum damage, tartar build-up and an increased risk of oral cancers.


5. Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth – Bruxism

Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth at night until they develop jaw pain or notice the effects of worn teeth. Bruxism at night can lead to enamel abrasion which opens the door for possible tooth decay and even gum recession. These effects can be limited through the use of a mouthguard at night.


While patients who smoke or who infrequently visit the dentist might be embarrassed to visit the dentist, it’s especially important for these patients to find a caring dentist who will help them take control of their dental health.