Habits That Are Bad for Your Teeth

Even if you’re taking great care of your teeth with routine dental hygiene, you may have habits that are sabotaging your efforts. Some activities that we don’t think about can cause teeth to weaken, decay, break, or fall out completely! We want you to maintain that beautiful smile for a lifetime. Here are a few habits you should avoid if you want to keep your pearly whites.

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Eating Sweets & Sugar

Sugar is harmful to teeth. This is a well-known fact. That’s because sugar in foods and beverages creates an acidic environment that is ideal for bacteria to flourish. This means that teeth will develop plaque and tartar that can lead to a breakdown of the enamel (outer layer) of teeth. Once the enamel is broken down, conditions are perfect for decay and cavities. This is why we always recommend consuming sugar in moderation. Try to stay away from sweets, sugary beverages and sodas, candies, and processed carbohydrates as much as possible.

Chewing on Non-Food Items

Chewing off tags, opening boxes with your teeth, and biting your nails are all ways to endanger your teeth. Often, teeth chipping happens when your teeth are biting into surfaces they aren’t built for. Never use your mouth to open or break anything. It can save you a trip to our office.

Grinding Teeth

Chronic teeth grinding, or Bruxism, weakens the surfaces of your teeth. This can lead to enamel erosion and teeth chipping. We can fit you for a night guard that will prevent this problem for a more comfortable night’s sleep and stronger teeth.

Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard

We’ve helped fix many teeth over the years that break or fall out because of blunt injuries to the face. Some accidents can’t be avoided. But if you play a contact sport and don’t use an athletic mouthguard, you’re putting yourself at risk. We can fit you for one at your next appointment.

Brushing Teeth Too Hard

Many people are surprised to learn that brushing teeth too hard is a cause for dental problems. We see it very often. It can lead to enamel erosion, teeth sensitivity, and a weakening of the teeth. Please use a soft-bristled brush and use gentle, circular movements. An electric toothbrush can also prevent brushing too hard.

Smoking & Using Tobacco Products

Smoking and tobacco products stain and weaken teeth, can lead to mouth cancer, and cause bad breath. There are a number of reasons to stop this bad habit. If you do it, it’s time to quit.

Let us know if you have any questions about bad dental habits and how we can help. Mouth guards, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments can help prevent a problem before it arises. For existing problems due to bad habits, like missing or cracked teeth, we are ready to help! Contact us today so we can help your smile last.

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