Common daily habits can damage your teeth. Many of us engage in behaviors that could increase the risk for dental injury and disease. If you chew on ice cubes or grind your teeth, you could be unknowingly weakening your teeth. Since our teeth cannot self-heal, broken and diseased teeth must be repaired with restorations and/or endodontic therapy. Our dentist offers an array of general and restorative services. Following are five common habits that could surprisingly affect your oral health.
Brushing your teeth vigorously won’t make them cleaner. In fact, vigorous brushing can damage your teeth by wearing down tooth enamel. The best way to clean your teeth is with soft, circular brush strokes for about two minutes.
Do you clench your jaw or grind your teeth as a response to stress? Perhaps you grind your teeth in your sleep. This habit is called bruxism and over time, it can make teeth brittle from excessive wear and tear. Worn down teeth can easily break or develop decay.
Eating and Drinking Acidic Foods/Beverages
If you enjoy sodas and citrus fruit, you might be unknowingly putting your teeth at risk for damage. Acid weakens tooth enamel by stripping away its mineral content. When we eat or drink something with acid, our teeth soften. Repeated exposure to acid will affect our teeth’s ability to fight off cavity-causing bacteria.
Chewing on Ice Cubes, Pen Caps, etc.
Chewing on inedible objects might seem like a harmless habit but the truth is that using our teeth to bite down on things other than food is dangerous. Biting down on pen caps or chomping on ice cubes will lead to tooth wear, which could land us in the dental chair for a root canal treatment or restoration. Weakened teeth can chip and crack easily.
Forgetting to Floss
Forgetting to floss your teeth a time or two might seem harmless. The truth is that we need to floss every day to control bacterial growth and the accumulation of substances like plaque and tartar. Flossing is necessary to remove debris between teeth and along the gums.
If it’s time for a checkup or cleaning, call Fresh Leaf Dental at 714-838-8050 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.