Habits That Damage Your Teeth

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Published on: February 15, 2017

Besides not brushing and flossing everyday, there are activities that can damage your teeth. Instead of listing down how to take care of your teeth, here is a checklist of activities that will surely damage them.

  1. Too Much Bleaching

It’s understandable that you want your teeth to look pearly white, but excessive bleaching without proper advice from the dentist can result to tooth sensitivity. Also remember that whenever you brush your teeth, use soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it every four months.

  1. Using Teeth for Other Things

Don’t use your teeth to open packs and bottles. It can cause chips and cracks. Your teeth is for chewing, but don’t chew objects that aren’t food like your pen when you’re studying or your nails when you’re nervous.

  1. Nail Biting and Thumb-sucking

Biting your nails can damage your teeth and may even break it. Your hands might also be dirty. Kids should not suck their fingers. This will cause changes in the structure of the jaw or teeth. Grinding your teeth should also be avoided. However, some people grind their teeth when they sleep, so it’s advisable to use a mouth guard.

  1. Brushing Too Often

Don’t brush your teeth right away after consuming acidic food and drinks. It can erode the enamel which is a protective layer that covers each tooth. Ideally, you should brush your teeth twice a day.

  1. Tongue, Cheek and Lip Piercings

The metal might chip or crack your teeth and damage your gums. You will also feel a tinge every time the metal makes contact with hot or cold food or drink. If you have one, make sure to clean your piercings every day. Braces and dentures should also be cleaned every day.

  1. Too Much Sugary Food

Eating too much sweets can cause tooth decay. You don’t have to stop eating your favorite dessert, but eat a healthy diet overall. Eat more food that have lower starch and sugar content.

  1. Soda, Citrus Juices and Other Drinks

Drink in moderation. This includes not just soda, citrus juices but also sports drinks, fruit juices, coffee, and wine. Too much sugar and acid can damage your teeth. Coffee and wine can stain your teeth as well. Don’t chew the ice in your drinks because they can crack your teeth.

  1. Too Much Eating

During meals, more saliva is produced. The acids that stick to your teeth are washed away by the saliva. So instead of several snacks within a day, stick to three proper full meals.

  1. Smoking

Smoking can stain teeth and cause bad breath. It will even cause teeth to fall out especially when you develop gum disease. Don’t forget the risk of getting cancer and other health problems as well.

  1. Not Using a Mouth Guard

There is a risk of injury whenever you play sports so it’s advisable to wear a mouth guard. You can ask your dentist if you want a mouth guard that fits you perfectly.

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