5 Habits Wrecking Your Teeth
- Grinding Your Teeth
Also known as bruxism, grinding your teeth is one of the worst things you can do to your mouth. Grinding wears your tooth enamel down gradually, which can cause pain and increase sensitivity. Tooth grinding typically happens at night, and usually a result of stress. You can prevent grinding by wearing a mouth guard at night.
- Chomping on Candy
Crunching away on hard candy can definitely damage teeth – for two reasons. The first is the pressure exerted on the tooth from crunching the hard candy, and second, sugary foods encourage bacterial growth in the mouth. Gummy candies and chewing gum aren’t exactly safe, either. They are also full of bacteria-loving sugar and can cause damage to restorations like fillings by pulling them out of place.
- Using Your Teeth as Tools Your teeth are for chewing. They are not for opening packages, cracking hard shells, or opening bottles. Using your teeth in place of scissors or other tools can cause teeth to crack or break.
- Bad Beverages
You already know that sodas and other beverages can cause damage by promoting bacterial growth or causing staining, but there are other drinks that can cause damage, too. Fruit juices and sports drinks may seem health but are often full of sugar. Skip these sugary options and opt for plain water instead.
- Leaving Your Mark
Chew marks that is. Chewing on pens, pencils, and other objects not designed to be chewed on can damage your teeth and cause them to break and crack.
For more information on these and other dental damaging habits, talk to Dr. Norman at your next check up. Be sure to schedule your next appointment today by calling 425.212.1975.