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Habits That Harm Your Teeth

Posted by River Tree Dental & Implants Dec 04, 2022

Nail biting, smoking, brushing teeth aggressively, teeth grinding, using teeth as tools, and failing to visit your dentist regularly can all cause severe damage to our oral health. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it is not indestructible. Your enamel can be chipped or cracked by bad habits, resulting in the need for restorative dentistry. Here are a few bad habits that can damage oral health. 

  • Nail Biting

Biting nails can cause damage to your oral health in several ways. Your jaw muscles contract when you bite your nails. This can cause you to clench your jaw tightly and put pressure on your teeth. You also risk chipping a tooth or breaking dental restorations like a crown or filling it if you bite down too hard on something hard. The habit also promotes bacteria growth under your nails. This can result in infections and inflammation of the gum tissues.

  • Smoking

Smoking can cause several dental issues, like teeth staining, discoloration, and bad breath. Smoking is known to be the leading cause of oral cancer, one of the most deadly cancers in the world. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to reduce your cancer risk. If you're unable to quit your nicotine habit, consider cutting back on the number of cigarettes you smoke and try to quit smoking entirely as soon as possible. You can begin your journey to quit with the help of your dentist.

  • Brushing Teeth Aggressively

Many people brush their teeth in a way that can damage their oral health. For example, they push too hard or put too much pressure on their teeth, and this wears down the enamel that protects the teeth. This leads to sensitive teeth and increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in the food we eat. People also tend to brush too frequently, which can wear down the tooth enamel and leave teeth susceptible to decay. It's a good idea to stick to twice-a-day brushing using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. 

  • Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is a bad habit that can damage our oral health. It can wear down the teeth enamel and even lead to headaches and jaw pain. If left untreated, this can lead to serious conditions like TMJ disorder. To protect your teeth, ask your dentist for a mouth guard. Also, practice good oral habits such as proper tooth brushing, flossing, and regular visits to the dentist.

  • Using Teeth As Tools

Using a tooth as a tool is not recommended because it can chip or fracture a tooth and can cause damage to your teeth's enamel. The next time you are tempted to use your teeth as a pry tool to open a bottle cap or tear a package, remember to think twice before doing so! If you do happen to be in a situation where you find yourself needing to use your teeth as a nonfood item, we recommend using an appropriate tool instead. 

To address your dental issues and learn more about good oral health, call us at (817)-924-0506 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 2800 S Hulen St Ste 205, Fort Worth, TX 76109.

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