6 Bad Dental Habits You Should Avoid


We all want to have a healthy and bright smile and although you may practice good oral care, there may be a few habits or activities you do that can damage your teeth. Here are some habits that can cause unnecessary harm to your teeth.

1. Nail biting

While nail biting is a common habit, it’s one that can affect your mouth in a couple of ways. Biting down on a nail can cause your tooth to chip due to the hardness of your nail and the force of the bite. Chronic nail biters are prone to jaw problems like pain and lower jaw protrusion.

2. Smoking or Chewing Tobacco

Tobacco products are terrible for your overall health, including your oral health. Not only do they stain your teeth, but tobacco products also cause gum disease. This can lead to tooth decay and tooth loss. Cancer in the mouth, tongue and lips can be developed from regular use of tobacco products.

3. Chewing on Ice

This seemingly harmless activity can cause some major harm to your teeth. Ice is hard and chewing on pieces can lead to cracks in the enamel which causes damage to your teeth. Doing this can also put unnecessary stress on the jaw muscles.

4. Using Teeth as Tools

Using your teeth for anything other than eating can lead to a number of tooth injuries, from cracked or chipped teeth to jaw damage. Next time you need to rip off tags or open a bottle, take a moment to find the proper tool. 

5. Grinding Your Teeth

Most people are unaware that they are grinding their teeth. Oftentimes it happens along with stress or while sleeping. This unconscious habit can lead to cracks and chips in your teeth, plus cause damage and pain for your jaw. 

6. Brushing Too Hard 

While brushing for 2 minutes twice a day is great, you could be doing more harm than good if you’re brushing with excessive force. Doing so can cause enamel to wear away, making your teeth more sensitive and lead to receding gums. This can leave your teeth more prone to decay. When brushing, remember to do gentle, precise strokes!

Leave these bad dental habits behind with Beall Dental Center! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online, and together we can establish healthy dental care habits. 

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