Habits That Might Be Harmful To Your Teeth
With Spring right around the corner, it’s a good time to review habits that might be harmful to your dental health. You might not even know that these routines can damage your teeth. We want you to head into Spring with a fresh smile that is both beautiful and healthy. Read on to learn what these detrimental habits are so you can avoid them.
Here is a list of some of the most common habits that can damage your smile:
- Nail biting can both chip teeth and put undue pressure on your jaw that can lead to a jaw disorder. Consider what makes you bite your nails so you can get to the underlying cause and stop the habit for good.
- Brushing your teeth too hard can damage enamel and irritate your gums. You can tell if you are brushing too hard if your toothbrush bristles are flattened out or look excessively worn.
- It’s ok to like ice in your drinks, but frequently chewing on ice cubes can damage your enamel or even cause a filling to break.
Constantly grazing on food all day can increase your risk for cavities. Leftover food on your teeth is consumed by harmful, acid-producing bacteria, which harms the outer surface of your teeth. Eat complete meals so you stay full longer and don’t feel the need to snack all day long.
- Instead of using your teeth to open a soda bottle, use a bottle opener. Although our teeth are strong, using them to pry open plastic or metal material can cause them to crack or break.
These are just a few tips to help you be mindful of everyday activities that can have a negative impact on our teeth. Please be kind to your teeth! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact our office. Think Spring!