Harmful Habits for Your Teeth

Do you munch on snacks all day? Grind your teeth at night? Well, it turns out you may be putting your teeth at risk for many oral health issues! Keeping your teeth healthy and strong is important. It’s best to avoid harmful habits that could cause damage and wear down your teeth. To keep your smile healthy and Hollywood white, steer clear of these poor dental practices:

Brushing your Teeth Too Hard
You may think that the harder your brush your teeth, the cleaner they will be. Unfortunately, this is a common misconception and isn’t true. Brushing your teeth too hard can actually cause sensitivity and aggravate your gums. Instead of brushing harder, brush for longer with a soft bristled toothbrush twice a day for about two minutes.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Bruxism, aka teeth grinding, can be caused by several things. The most common cause is stress, followed closely by sleeping disorders. How can you tell if you grind your teeth at night? Well, you may wake up with jaw pain, aching teeth, or even have a headache. Bruxism causes enamel wear, tooth loss, and tooth fractures so make an appointment today to see us and get fitted for a customized sleeping mouth guard!

Snacking
Everyone loves snacking! Sadly, this habit causes tooth damage, including cavities and enamel wear. Drinking water regularly will help to flush out bacteria sticking to your teeth following snacking. Sugar-free gum will also help. If you’re going to brush your teeth after snacking or consuming a sugary drink or juice, remember to wait at least 20 minutes or else brushing will cause further damage!

Improper Use
It turns out that common habits such as biting your nails, using your teeth to open items, and even chewing on ice can all hurt your jaw or loosen fillings. Although your tooth’s enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it is still susceptible to cracking and chipping. Keep this in mind for the next time you want to open that pack of gum with your teeth!