3 Unexpected Habits That Are Harming Your Teeth
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3 Unexpected Habits That Are Harming Your Teeth

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We all know the basics of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. You need to brush your teeth twice a day, avoid consuming too many sweets or sugary drinks, avoid tobacco, etc.

However, there are certain habits that you may think are harmless but are destroying your teeth. These include:

  • Chewing on Ice

A lot of people tend to chew on ice. Sometimes you feel bored and feel the unexplainable urge to chew on ice. Since you don’t think that there is any real harm, you give in to this urge—a bad idea. Your teeth, as well as the ice cubes, are both hard. And the constant collision of two hard things is always damaging. Hence, the more you chew on ice, the weaker your teeth will become. You also risk irritating your gums or chipping a tooth if you consistently chew on ice.

  • Brushing Too Hard

If you think that putting extra pressure while brushing will result in cleaner teeth, then you are wrong. Brushing too hard can cause inflammation as well as damage your gums. Ideally, it would be best if you were gently brushing for about two minutes with a toothbrush with soft bristles for the best results.

  • Opening Packages or Bottles With Your Teeth

How many times do you end up using your teeth to tear a package or pop open a bottle because it seems like the only convenient option? If you can think of more than a few such incidents, then it is time to rethink your habits. Your teeth aren’t designed to perform such tasks. These can lead to cracking or chipping of your teeth. So the next time you feel the urge to use your teeth to open something, avoid doing so and find some scissors or a bottle opener, no matter how incontinent it may seem. In the long run, you’ll benefit a lot.

Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we want all of our patients to have healthy diets and beautiful smiles! To make an appointment for an orthodontic evaluation, please call our Briargate orthodontist today!

Posted on Dec 14, 2020



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