Bad habits that can do damage to your teeth.

How not to Damage Your Teeth

July’s issue of Bottom Line Personal feature an article about bad habits that can do damage to your teeth.

Snacking – especially sweets can create more bacteria which in turn converts to an acid which can damage your teeth as well as your gums.  Brushing will remove some of the sugar and bacterial acids after eating.

Chewing ice cubes – ice is harder than candy and it can cause cracks in your tooth enamel, which increases the risk for tooth decay.

Hard brushing – this is my personal bad habit, hard brushing abrades tooth enamel along with gums. Use only a soft brush and don’t bear down when brushing. Tip (buy an electric toothbrush).

Nail-biting – constant nibbling on your teeth can fracture your tooth enamel over time. Stress often is the cause for nail-biting so try to relieve that stress as much as possible.

Using teeth as a tool – such as opening bags, removing tags with your teeth and so on. Instead that the time to find your scissors or dig through your toolbox for the proper tool.

Grinding and clenching Your Teeth at Night – try a relaxation program; grinding almost always increases during times of stress. If you have a tendency to grind while sleeping, speak with your dentist about possible solutions to that habit.

Quote – “Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance.”

Have a great week – Dan

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