03 Sep Seven Habits that Harm Your Teeth
As dental professionals, there are a number of mouth healthy habits we promote to our patients to help improve and maintain dental health. In addition to those good habits we encourage are a list of bad habits we strongly advise our patients to break. Take a look.
- Brushing your teeth too hard. Your instinct may be to scrub your teeth to insure you’re getting the most out of brushing, but brushing too hard can actually damage teeth and irritate gums. Each brushing should feel more like a massage than a hard scrub.
- Chewing ice. If temptation to chew ice is stronger than your desire not to chip a tooth or filling, try drinking chilled drinks with no ice to eliminate the habit.
- Biting your fingernails. First, it’s gross. Do you know how many germs are lurking under those nails? Plus, this habit can impact your jaw causing jaw dysfunction or result in a chipped tooth.
- Treating your teeth like tools. Your teeth were not designed to act as a makeshift knife or scissors, or an extra hand. Use your teeth for eating only.
- Grazing on sugary snacks and drinks throughout the day. Sugar causes cavities and the more exposure your teeth get to this sweet substance, the more likely you are to develop tooth decay. Stop constant snacking by consuming well-balanced meals that are high in fruits, veggies, protein, and fiber.
- Grinding or clenching your teeth or jaws. In most instances, grinding and clenching teeth are nervous habits caused by stress. However, some people also grind or clinch their teeth and jaws while they are sleeping. You can reduce this habit by staying aware of the habit, using a nighttime mouthguard or practicing relaxation techniques.
- Smoking. Smoking is bad for you in every possible way. Smoking increases your risk of oral cancer, stains your teeth, causes bad breath and increases your risk of tooth decay or gum disease. If you need help quitting smoking visit Smokefree.gov to get started.
For more information on bad habits that harm your teeth, check out this article by the American Dental Association.
Remember, it’s never too late to put an end to bad habits and get on a path to great dental health. Renew Dental can help you get back on track. Begin your journey to good dental health by requesting a checkup and cleaning appointment with us here.