You brush your teeth, you floss them too, and you see your dentist on a regular basis. If you are taking all of these actions, then you are doing a great job at keeping your smile healthy. However, following these steps religiously doesn’t always counteract habits which harm teeth. Here are a few bad habits which can create bad teeth.
You Are What You Chew
Teeth were designed to bite through things, not against them. Chewing hard, non-food objects like fingernails, pens, pencils, and even ice can cause teeth to shift and fracture. Also, avoid using your teeth to tear or open items such as tape or plastic bags.
Drink It Up
Those who sip soda throughout the day are constantly bathing their teeth in acid and sugar. Acids eat away at tooth enamel and cause decay. Coffees and teas are also bad because they not only stain teeth but dry out the mouth, which increases the risk for tooth decay.
The Daily Grind
Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism) often happens while one is sleeping, but if you find yourself grinding your teeth in the day, then stop it. Grinding can wear, fracture, and even loosen teeth.
One would think that brushing your teeth with more vigor would be helpful in cleaning them; however, this is not true. Brushing teeth too hard can erode enamel and cause the gums to recede. Always brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush.