Your teeth are crafted with the proper care to last a lifetime. But bad habits, including chewing and excessive brushing, can really take a toll on your teeth. Tooth erosion, broken teeth, gum disease, and even tooth loss are only a couple of the detrimental impacts of poor oral habits. Here’s a look at some common behaviors that can hurt your oral health and some easy ways to stop them.
Aggressive Brushing – Too hard to brush your teeth can rub off the enamel in your tooth and irritate your gums.
Teeth Grinding – When you’re tired of grinding or clenching your teeth, your teeth and jaw can get hurt. Over time, grinding will result in TMJ problems, serious headaches and broken teeth.
Excessive Snacking – Snacking on food all day, especially high-sugar snacks, can wreak havoc on your teeth. Choosing to snack all day on food will break down the enamel and build cavities.
Using Teeth Like Tools – There may be times when riping a bag of potato chips with your teeth quickly is convenient, but treating teeth like scissors can lead to fractured, chipped or even lost teeth.
Using Tobacco – Smoking and other tobacco products are not only bad for your health but bad for your teeth too! People who smoke are at greater risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
Put An End To Bad Oral Habits
- Practice proper brushing techniques
- If you grind your teeth, get a night guard
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Do not smoke
- Do not use your teeth as scissors
Do not allow bad oral manners to damage your teeth. Take the appropriate steps now to quit, before any of your bad habits turn into major issues. If you need help tackling your oral habits or if you want to know more about managing current dental issues, we will help! Call Fairfield Periodontics at 203.878.8596 today.