7 Everyday Habits that Damage your Teeth

tips for healthy teethToday 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.

For more tips on oral health and good oral hygiene, check out our other blog posts:

5 Dental Resolutions

How to care for your child’s teeth


  1. A very informative article for both children and adults, including some really simple and helpful tips from selecting a right tooth brush to cleaning teeth in a proper way and how to imporve your teeth health and how to enhance oral hygine and get rid of some really damging habits which are just creating an extra pressure on your teeth and can possibley ruin your health slowly and steadily.

  2. I didn’t realize that teeth can crack from objects as hard as ice. My wife and I have made it a habit of chewing ice during the summer. I’ll have to make sure we stop chewing ice when it gets hot out. Thanks for the post!

  3. Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog about preventing toothache. I always find it hard when toothache prevents you from eating what you like, especially sweets. Good thing it can be prevented, I hope you continue giving us a review about dental hygiene.

  4. Nice Blog! Thanks for sharing some tips and tricks about dental health. I really appreciate the effort here, I hope you continue sharing your knowledge with us.

  5. I don’t know what it was, but I was like an ice addict when I was a kid. My mom always said I would damage me teeth, and I never believed her. I think by the time I had all of my permanent teeth in, I stopped doing that, so I think I was okay. With the eating lemons thing, I eat grape fruit like everyday, is that as bad?

  6. Wow, I didn’t know I was doing so many things that were damaging my teeth. I didn’t know that chewing ice was bad. I guess it’s time to kick that habit and go to the dentist to see what damage has been done. I also tend to clench my teeth when I am stressed. Is there anything that I can do to protect my teeth from this? Thanks for the information!

  7. Excellent. Although I was wondering how the lemons compare to something like drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar or diluting it with water.

  8. That’s really interesting that so many things could damage your teeth. Personally, I’m guilty of using my teeth as tools and chewing on ice and they seem a little sensitive lately. I’ll have to talk to my dentist and see if I’ve done any damage that can be fixed. Thanks for the info!

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