Try to avoid the following habits to keep your teeth healthy:
1. Thumb Sucking – when permanent teeth start coming in, it is a good idea to wean your child off the habit. Not only can it become an unattractive habit as they grow older, but it can also cause a misalignment of the teeth, which can lead to difficulty chewing and breathing problems. If your child does this while with their friends, it is also possible that they became the victim of bullying.
2. The pucker of the lemon – Sucking on lemons brings the acidic juice into direct contact with your teeth. This can cause damage to enamel, which may begin to feel rough in texture as it erodes. There is no true way to replace enamel, though there are products that will help enforce it.
3. Brushing too hard – We all know brushing our teeth is important. However, if you brush too hard, or vigorously, you can wear down the enamel on your teeth and cause cavities instead of prevent them. You will also cause damage to your gums, causing bleeding and eventual gingivitis. You should always use a soft toothbrush for brushing your teeth.
4. Jaw clenching and tooth grinding – Clenching your jaw, either on purpose or because of an involuntary reaction to stress, and grinding your teeth can cause microfractures in your teeth. These microfractures can put your teeth at risk for ongoing issues, including damage to dental work you’ve already had done.
5. Crunching on ice – Forget the jokes we have heard about chewing ice. The cold temperature of ice, as well as hardness can actually seriously damage your teeth. Teeth are designed to crush our food, not go against something so hard. And the experts want to remind you, our blenders require special blades to crush ice. Your teeth do not have replacement blades to make going through ice easier.
6. Using your teeth as a tool – Straight to the point: Your teeth are not a tool. Using your teeth as a tool to tear tape, rip open bags, or remove a bottle cap can cause cracks in your teeth and damage dental work. Buy or use the appropriate tool. Save your teeth.
7. Chewing on a pencil or holding a pen or glasses between your teeth – This puts unnecessary pressure on your teeth and dental work. This habit can cause your teeth to shift or crack. Keep your concentration, but don’t lose your teeth. Find something less harmful to chew on, like carrots or celery.
8. Nail biting – Not only are you harming your fingers, but you are also damaging your teeth and creating a harmful issue with your oral hygiene. This habit forces your teeth to move out of alignment. It can also break your teeth or crack the enamel.
9. Too much soda – Carbonated drinks tend to be very acidic. When you drink a soda, you are soaking your teeth in acid, and causing damage to your enamel. You are also causing decay of your teeth at the gumline, and with the loss of enamel, you are creating a perfect breeding ground for cavities.
10. Toothpicks – With proper use, toothpicks can be helpful with removing food from between your teeth. If you aren’t careful, you can cause damage to your gums. If you become too aggressive with the toothpick, you can do more harm than good. Considering using dental floss instead of a toothpick. Not only does this clean the food out from between your teeth, but you will be able to honestly tell your dentist that you did floss between cleanings, and you will prevent cavities.