Bad Oral Habits for Your Teeth

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Bad Oral Habits for Your Teeth

Bad Oral Habits for Your Teeth

Because we are devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile, we want you to be aware of these bad oral habits for your teeth … some that you may not even be aware that you’re doing.

Brushing Too Hard

Brushing your teeth twice a day is a great habit, and we definitely want you to keep brushing. But brushing too hard can irritate your gums and actually damage your teeth, according to the American Dental Association. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush with the ADA Seal of Acceptance and gently brush in small circular motions. Instead of “scrubbing,” think “massaging.”

Chewing Ice Cubes

Ice is a crystal, as is your tooth enamel. And what happens when you push two crystals against each other? One breaks. Usually it’s the ice that breaks first, but it can also be your tooth or a filling that breaks. Drinking through a straw can help you avoid the temptation to chew your ice cubes. We hope that being aware of the danger will also help you break this habit.

Snacking Throughout the Day

The more food you put in your mouth throughout the day — especially sugary drinks and snacks — the more at-risk you are for plaque build-up and cavities. If you really need a snack, try choosing something low-sugar. And remember to drink lots of water. It can help you feel fuller, and it’s just plain good for you!

Using Your Teeth as Tools

While it may be convenient to use your teeth instead of getting the scissors out of the drawer, you run the risk of chipping or cracking your teeth when you do so. Same goes for holding something in your teeth when your hands are full. Take the extra time to get the right tool for the job. Make an extra trip when your hands are full. Otherwise, the extra time you spend may just be an extra trip to come see us for an emergency repair visit.

Nail Biting

Your teeth are not nail clippers. Using them as such can chip your teeth. And it’s not good for your nails, either. Often, this is a nervous habit. Try finding something else to do with your fingers to keep them out of your mouth and away from your teeth.

We're Here to Help

We’re here to help you keep your smile beautiful and healthy. We're happy to discuss further ways to break these bad habits for your teeth at your next appointment. Just let us know what you're concerned about.