We all have habits and behaviors that are a way for us to release energy as well as frustrations, but could these habits be ruining your teeth?
One of the most damaging things you can do to your teeth is to use them as a tool. Opening bags, tearing tape, biting plastics, and even opening soda cans can hurt your teeth. These habits can cause the edges of your teeth to weaken and chip or break. Some chewing and biting habits can also cause malocclusion (poor jaw alignment) as it wears down your teeth unevenly. Another biting habit is biting fingernails. Biting your nails is a habit most people have left over from adolescence and can damage your teeth. Biting them can cause broken or chipped teeth and the bacteria from underneath your nails can cause cavities and even gum infections. Biting and chewing objects like pens, pencils, and other hard objects can cause fractures in your teeth, leading to dental procedures. Remember to think before you bite on objects.
Chewing on Ice
While chewing on ice seems harmless because it is made of water, it is actually extremely bad for your teeth. If you think about all the things ice is strong enough to do, it doesn’t seem like the best option for you to chew on. Ice can be walked on, strong enough to carry ton trucks across, and brought down the Titanic, so why are people obsessed with chewing this cool block? Chewing ice can damage the enamel of your teeth and can leave them chipped or cracked. If you are looking for a way to cool down, let the ice melt into some water. If you want something to chew on, try sugar-free gum instead.
When people hear the word “drinking,” they assume the writer means alcohol. But this section refers to adult beverages as well as soft drinks. Sodas are both acidic as well as extremely sugary. Drinking soda can cause your teeth to decay because of the acids and sugar. Even diet sodas and juices still contain acids. If you must have a soda or alcohol, brush your teeth one hour after consumption when the enamel heals in order to avoid cavities.
These are just some of the daily habits that could be ruining your teeth. For more information on how to avoid tooth decay and other dental problems, speak about laser diagnostics at Annapolis Dental Care!
Preventative Care with Annapolis Dental Care
For the most part, damage to your teeth is not completely avoidable. However, cavities can be avoided by these simple steps. Speak with your dentist for more tips and tricks that could help you avoid the drill. If you want to schedule your next visit, please contact Annapolis Family Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visitAnnapolisDentalCare.com today! We can give you more information, or schedule your appointment.
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