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Common Habits That Can Harm Your Teeth

In today's world, we live a busy fast pace life, full of various bad habits. Most of the time, these habits appear harmless but long-term can be associated with irreversible negative effects on our body and teeth. Our teeth is one of the most important part of our body. A healthy beautiful smile is key to selfconfidence but also essential to eating well.

Here are common habits that can be harmful for your teeth long term:

  • Utilizing Your Teeth as a Tool We often use our front teeth to open a bottle or a plastic bag. But these activities can cause damage to the teeth and should be avoided.

  • Nail Biting One of the most common habits, hard to stop, long term will damage and wear down your front teeth and once it starts affecting your teeth.

  • Use of Tobacco Cigarette use is one of the most common causes of mortality. It's not only life threatening, but it is also associated with gum disease and tooth loss.

  • Chewing of Ice Regular ice chewing will damage your teeth and the roots since it is hard and puts a lot of force on your teeth.

  • Usage of Toothpicks in an Incorrect Way Toothpicks are commonly used to remove food particles stuck between your teeth. Improper use can certainly cause gum recession, tooth wear, gum ulcerations, and much more.

  • Consuming Too Much Sugary Foods and Soda Too much sugar and soda consumption long term will increase the acidity in your mouth. A lower pH will cause enamel erosion, tooth decay, toothache and gum inection.

  • Not Brushing Your Teeth Regularly Dentist recommend to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristle tooth brush. If you are not brushing your teeth regularly, you're risk for gum disease and tooth decay is higher.

  • Grinding Your Teeth Grinding your teeth at night or clenching your teeth during the day long term will lead to jaw pain, TMJ pain, headaches, poor sleep, enamel wear, and increased risk of tooth fracture. Ask your dentist about how a night guard can protect your teeth.

  • Use of Hard bristle Tooth-Brush Dentist recommend to brush twice a day and use a soft bristle tooth brush. Using a hard bristle toothbrush will lead to enamel wear, abfraction, gum recession, and sensitive teeth.

If you have any of the following habits, speak to your dentist today to find out how you can break these habits to keep a healthy and beautiful smile.

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