Caring for your teeth is more than just regular brushing and flossing. Many of the things you do every single day can affect and damage your teeth. Here are five everyday habits that may actually be hurting your teeth.
Chewing on Ice Cubes
On hot summer days, there is nothing better than gnawing on some ice but your teeth don’t like it. Ice is an extremely hard substance that when biting down on it, can crack or chip your tooth. Constant chewing on hard substances can also wear down your enamel, making you more prone to cavities.
Biting Your Nails
When many individuals are nervous, they bite their nails. While this is not only a terrible habit that damages your nails, you also increase the chance of chipping a tooth. Additionally, if you are a constant nail-biter, you can hurt your jaw by keeping it in the same position for long lengths of time and putting significant amounts of pressure on it.
How You Brush
How you brush your teeth can impact the health of your teeth. Hard and rough brushing can damage your enamel and wear it down faster, making your teeth more prone to cavities. You can also hurt your gums and other areas in your mouth. In addition, you also don’t want to use a toothbrush that has hard and rough bristles. This can also hurt your enamel even without fast and hard brushing.
Using Teeth as Scissors
You may be guilty of using your teeth to tear open a package or tear off a clothing tag rather than reach for the scissors. When doing this, you greatly increase the risk of chipping or cracking a tooth. Many items that you place in your mouth aren’t meant to be chewed on or will come apart easily with your teeth. You may bite too hard, damaging your teeth.
Eating or Drinking a High-Sugar Diet
Eating or drinking too much sugar can wreak serious havoc on your teeth. When you ingest a large amount of sugar, much of that sugar stays in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth then turns that sugar into an acid. That acid lingers on your teeth until you brush it away. Acid is extremely destructive and eats away your teeth’s enamel, creating cavities. Taking proper care of your teeth is not only essential to your oral hygiene but your overall health. Avoid the above five habits to keep your teeth and your body a little healthier.