Are you damaging your teeth without realizing it?
As you grow up, there are habits that you develop to improve your well-being, however, some of these may be bad for your pearly whites and you might not even be aware of them.
But, while some of these bad dental habits do immediate damage to your teeth, other affects may add up over time, resulting to further complications. Identifying which behaviours are hurting your mouth can save you from untimely visits to the dentist and the bills that come along with it.
So, ensure you or your kids have put these habits to rest so that you can keep teeth healthy for longer:
1. Thumb Sucking
Thumb sucking is normal among children. However, when this habit persists the permanent teeth can started turning inward, this may lead to permanent changes that may result to the misalignment of teeth and jaw. This problem can lead to some underlying issues including difficulty in chewing or breathing.
2. Nail Biting
This compulsive habit doesn’t only chip your nails — excessive biting is a dental problem that subjects your mouth under pressure, causing damage to the tooth enamel. Additionally, it may also result to some health issues as it can transmit bacteria to the mouth.
3. Brushing Too Hard
Surprisingly, it’s not only skipping the brushing that does harm to your teeth but brushing too vigorously as well. Brushing the teeth aggressively can wear down enamel which can result to sensitivity and other dental issues.
NOTE: Likewise, you should also pay attention to when you are brushing. When you consume something acidic, the enamel temporarily softens and tooth brushing will only wear it thin.
4. Using Teeth as a Tool
The teeth are made for eating, speaking and smiling. However, in many cases, you are left with no other option but to rip open a bag of chips or unscrew a bottle cap using your teeth. These habits are a threat to your dental health, placing your teeth at higher risk of cracking or injury.
5. Grinding and Clenching
Stress often trigger jaw clenching and teeth grinding. This may seem normal but when it occurs too often, this habit — called bruxism – weakens the teeth and may lead to serious oral health problems. A night-time mouth guard can help keep the teeth from further damage and even improve sleep.
Foods & Beverages that Accelerate Tooth Wearing
Aside from these habits, your choice of food and beverages may also be placing your dental health in jeopardy.
• Lemon Water – drinking water with fresh lemon juice is said to offer various health benefits. However, this citrus fruit is very acidic and can corrode the enamel.
• Soda – carbonated drinks also tend to be very acidic, and like lemon water, it can also bathe your teeth in acid which can lead to loss of enamel.
• Sugary Food – consuming sugar and allowing it to linger longer can leave an acidic film in your mouth. Not only it will eat away the tooth enamel but may also cause bad breath as well.
• Ice – ice is not only cold but hard as well — and chewing on it can cause cracks and fractures to the teeth.
Let Us Help You Restore Your Healthy Teeth
If you are suffering from damaged teeth inflicted by any of these habits, a dentist can address them to prevent the onset of further dental health problems. Contact us today and let us help you restore your teeth back to a healthy state.
Do you have any other habits that you think can cause damage to your teeth? Let us know in the comments!