3 Common Habits That Damage Your Teeth
Your teeth play an important role in your everyday life. Did you know that enamel—the white protective covering on your teeth—is the hardest substance in your body? As the saying goes, “Even the mighty shall fall”, and it is possible for your teeth to become damaged if you do not care for them properly. We have created a list of bad habits that you might not be aware are causing damage to your teeth. Of course, by now you are aware that endless sugar and snacking throughout the day is not good for your teeth, or body for that matter, we have included habits that you might not be aware of. Continue reading to see if you are guilty of any of these bad habits.
Harmful Habits that Negatively Affect Your Teeth
Since the time of your youth, you have been taught about the importance of proper oral hygiene and taking proper care of your teeth and mouth. Unfortunately, some people have the tendency to pick up a bad habit here and there. We want to share some bad habits that might begin to cause your teeth some discomfort and add an extra unexpected visit to our office.
Your Mouth is Not a Tool
- How many times do you use your teeth to open a package without thinking? Using your teeth to open packages, cut tags, and open containers can be a handy solution, but you are potentially causing damage to your teeth. You are slowly damaging and causing wear to your teeth. If this habit continues you may chip or crack your teeth.
Crunching Ice and Nail Biting
- Similar to using your mouth as a tool, you are putting unneeded stress on your teeth when you bite your nails or chew on something hard such as ice. Chewing on extremely cold ice can also increase tooth sensitivity, and grinding ice can wear away at the enamel over time, creating susceptibility to decay.
Brushing Too Hard
- While we want you to brush your teeth, you are not trying to win any awards for brushing your teeth as hard as you can. In fact, brushing hard can eventually wear away the enamel of your teeth. It is best to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush with gentle circular strokes.
If you are guilty of one of the habits above, try changing your ways this year. Your teeth and your wallet will thank you! If you are located in the Terre Haute, IN area and have any questions about harmful habits and how they are affecting your oral health, please contact our office today!