Habits That Can Damage Our Teeth And Gums

Habits That Can Damage Our Teeth And Gums

Posted by Farhana Rassiwala on Nov 22 2022, 10:46 PM

Habits That Can Damage Our Teeth And Gums

Oral health is essential for our overall health and well-being. Maintaining good oral health can prevent problems such as gum disease, cavities, and tooth loss. However, certain bad habits can interfere with our oral health. Listed below are some of the habits that can have a negative effect on our teeth.

  • Nail Biting

Nail biting can be a bad habit for your oral health because it puts your teeth at risk of chipping and breaking. The habit may also cause your gums to become swollen or reddened. Biting your fingernails also puts you at a higher risk for mouth infections like cold sores and can increase your risk of developing gum disease due to the presence of harmful bacteria in your mouth.

  • Smoking

Tobacco contains a lot of nasty chemicals that can harm the health of your teeth and gums. Some of the worst chemicals in cigarettes are tar and nicotine. They tend to cling to the teeth and the gums. This can give your teeth a yellow appearance while also causing them to become discolored. Smoking can also increase plaque buildup and gum inflammation. Not only that, but it may also lead to bad breath and other oral diseases. If you’re a smoker, your dentist can recommend ways to help you quit.

  • Aggressive Brushing

Some people tend to brush their teeth too hard, which can damage the enamel and lead to erosion. Brushing too aggressively can also lead to gum recession and even expose the root of your tooth. Not only can this lead to weaker teeth and bone loss, but it can also cause premature tooth loss. You can avoid this issue by practicing proper oral hygiene techniques, such as using a soft-bristled toothbrush and flossing daily. Remember to brush your teeth gently, and be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you are unsure of what the best type of toothbrush is for you, ask your dentist for a recommendation.

  • Chewing On Objects Other Than Food

Most people don’t realize that chewing on ice, pencils, pens, or other hard objects can damage their teeth. If you chew on non-food items frequently, see your dentist about switching to an appropriate substitute such as sugar-free gum instead.

  • Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is caused when the top and bottom teeth grind together during the day or nighttime hours. This habit can lead to pain, injury of the jaw muscles, and worn-down tooth enamel. It can also impact the fit of partials and dentures. If you struggle with this habit, talk to your dentist about wearing a mouth guard at night to prevent damage to the teeth. Some patients also find relief with stress reduction techniques and/or relaxation exercises such as meditation and yoga.

  • Using Teeth as Tools

Sometimes we don’t even realize we’re doing it! But using your teeth as a tool is one of the worst things you can do. Your teeth are strong—but not so strong that you can use them to open bottles or tear open packages. If you do this enough, you could weaken your tooth enamel and even crack a tooth. So the next time you feel the need to use your teeth for something other than chewing food, try getting a pair of scissors instead.

Please contact our Dublin, CA dental office today to learn more tips to protect your oral health. The dentist will help in creating a treatment plan which can meet your unique needs. Please contact us today online or by calling 925-833-9500.

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