Six Harmful Dental Habits

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Even if you’re bushing daily, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly, there may be habits you’ve acquired that can do some serious damage to your teeth. Depending on the habit, you may experience immediate damage or it may cause negative consequences over time. Here are six habits that can wreak havoc on your teeth and should be put to rest.

1. Biting your nails

Nail biting is an extremely common habit, and some people might not realize that they’re doing it. Not only can biting your nails lead to chipped and fractured teeth, but it also can lead to jaw dysfunction. 

2. Brushing Aggressively 

When brushing your teeth, it’s important to not overdo it. Brushing too harshly can cause more harm than good, irritating both your gums and teeth. This style of brushing can lead to increased enamel wear, gum recession and dental decay. To avoid this, be sure to use a soft bristle toothbrush and to brush gently using wide strokes.

3. Smoking

Tobacco use causes a variety of dental problems ranging from gum disease and tooth decay to oral cancer. For better oral and overall health, it is highly recommended to quit smoking. 

4. Chewing on Ice

It can be easy to mindlessly chew on ice, especially during the summer. Next time you’re tempted to chomp on the remaining ice cubes from your drink, remember that doing so can lead to chipped or cracked teeth. Additionally, it could leave your teeth more sensitive and at an increased risk of tooth decay and cavities as chewing on ice damages enamel. 

5. Using Your Teeth as Tools

In the moment, it may seem convenient to use your teeth as a substitute for scissors, a bottle opener or any other tool, though using your teeth for anything aside from eating has the potential to damage your pearly whites. Not only are you risking a chipped tooth, but you can also risk injuring your jaw. Remember to play it safe and choose the appropriate tool in the future.

6. Sipping on Soft Drinks

Did you know drinking soft drinks is one of the leading causes of tooth decay? The mix of carbonation, sugar and acids in soft drinks are all contributing factors to the breakdown of tooth enamel. When that happens, you’re more susceptible to tooth decay. Try switching out the soft drinks in your diet to water or green tea.

We understand that breaking habits is no easy task, but changing your ways can contribute to a happy and healthier smile. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, give Beall Dental Center a call!

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