Today we want to share some known and not so know facts about tooth damage. Take a look at these 7 habits that can cause damage to your teeth.
- #1 Brushing too Hard
You have the first good oral hygiene habit down if you are brushing at least 2 times a day. However, if you are brushing your teeth vigorously, it can cause more oral harm than good. Brushing too hard can not only wear down the enamel on your teeth, but also irritate your gums and increase the sensitivity to cold temperatures and substances. We recommend that you purchase a toothbrush with soft bristles. Be sure the packaging has the letters ADA (American Dental Association), which means the design of the brush is firm enough to remove plaque, but soft enough not to cause damage.
- #2 Teeth Grinding/Jaw Clenching
This is a stress-related habit that causes some people to frequently clench their jaw or grind their teeth. However, over time your teeth can suffer from the severe amount of pressure and friction. In fact, grinding teeth and jaw clenching weaken areas in your teeth and can even result in microfractures or actual fractures in your teeth.
- #3 Eating Ice
No one understands heat better than a Texan. However, munching on ice cubes to cool off can be very harmful to your teeth. Both the cold and the hardness of the ice can cause cracking of a tooth. Think of it this way, you usually have to put ice into a blender to crush it, and blenders have special blades to help them do it, your teeth do not.
- #4 Eating Lemons
There is nothing wrong with flavoring your water or food with lemon… however, avoid the habit of sucking on lemons as much as possible. The acidity corrodes the enamel of your teeth and repeated exposure to acidic foods can cause your teeth to erode. This erosion also creates a rough texture on the surface of your teeth.
- #5 Thumb Sucking
We see this most often in children, however around the ages 5 to 6 years old is a good time to kick the habit. Around pre-school aged is when children begin to have their permanent teeth come in. Thumb sucking can cause misalignment of the teeth, and structure of the jaw. This misalignment can also lead to a variety of issue as the child grows, including difficulty chewing and breathing problems. So this is an important habit to keep an eye on as your little one grows and parents should do their best to try and wean their children off thumb sucking.
- #6 Using Teeth as a Tool
This is one of the leading causes for a cracked tooth! Try your best not to use your teeth as a tool. Many people use their teeth to rip open packages, unscrew bottle tops, or break of a tag on clothing. Teeth are not pilers or hooks and treating them like they are can cause damage to dental work and cause cracking of teeth.
- #7 Biting/Chewing on Non-food Objects
Sometimes when we’re deep in thoughts we’ll grab a pen, pencil, or eyeglasses, and chew on them while we brainstorm an idea. Though this habit may help you concentrate, you might not realize how much pressure you are placing on your teeth. You teeth are meant to bit through foods not non-food objects. And this can cause teeth to shift, crack, or cause existing dental work to break.
In case you did damage your teeth, come and see us for a consultation and to discuss treatment options.
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