Avoid These 5 Bad Habits for Teeth

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We all have habits—some beneficial, others not so much. Unfortunately, bad oral habits can lead to physical discomfort and hefty dental bills. Maintaining healthy teeth requires proactive steps in oral hygiene and adopting good habits. Here are five habits to break or avoid for a healthier smile:

Harsh Brushing

Vigorous brushing may seem thorough, but it can erode tooth enamel and irritate gums, leading to pain and receding gums. Opt for a soft-bristled brush and gentle strokes to effectively clean your teeth without causing damage.

Nail Biting

Besides damaging your nails, nail biting introduces harmful bacteria into your mouth and can chip or fracture teeth. Combat this habit with stress-reduction techniques or bitter-tasting nail polish.

Ice Chomping

While refreshing, chewing ice can lead to cracked or chipped teeth, especially as teeth and ice are both crystals. Drink cold beverages through a straw to avoid the temptation to crunch ice.

Tooth Grinding or Jaw Clenching (Bruxism)

Often triggered by stress, bruxism can wear down tooth enamel, leading to decay, jaw pain, and tooth damage. Practice relaxation techniques during the day and consider wearing a custom dental mouth guard at night to protect your teeth.

Drinking or Smoking

Regular alcohol consumption increases plaque levels and decreases saliva flow, while smoking stains teeth, inflames salivary glands, and contributes to plaque buildup, gum disease, and oral cancer. Limit alcohol intake, stay hydrated, and seek support to quit smoking for improved dental and overall health.

Avoiding these habits will not only enhance your smile’s appearance but also promote better dental health and preserve existing dental work. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us at Monarch Family Dental today!