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8 Habits That May Be Damaging Your Teeth

Keeping your pearly whites pearly white is and in good condition is a never-ending struggle. Habits you may have picked up on the journey that is life may be damaging your teeth. Those little quirks may be partly responsible for the need for regular trips to the dentist. Here are eight habits that may be harming your teeth and ones to be mindful of.

1. Smoking

Smoking is destroying your teeth. The inhalation and exhalation of tobacco smoke cause unsightly stains and damage to your pearly whites. The smoke weakens the enamel coating on your teeth.

2. Nail biting

Nail biters beware, the nervousness driven, habit is doing damage your teeth and has the potential to wear away your tooth or even chip them. So be mindful of the situations you’re in when you start biting your nails and be mindful.

3. Brushing too hard

We all know one! Those people who are a little over zealous when they brush their teeth. They brush so hard their head starts thrashing to and fro, and the sheer intensity of the event is liable to frighten small children. Brushing too hard will damage your gums and cause them to recede.

Also Read This: Dental Health Advice for Primary school children (5-12 years)

4. Grinding your jaw

Grinding your teeth in your sleep, another almost uncontrollable habit causing damage to your teeth. Those late night grinding sessions are slowly but surely waring your teeth away and may also cause chips and cracks in your chompers and require a costly trip to the dentist.

5. Eating sugary foods

Constantly munching on sugary foods is another way to send your teeth into early retirement, only to be replaced by a nice big set of falsies. They are great for party tricks but nearly as good as your O.P.W (Original Pearly Whites).

6. Chewing things that you’re not really supposed to chew

Chewing things that you’re not supposed, so basically, anything that’s not food is no good for your teeth. Cease and desist immediately, or you’ll run the risk of causing irreversible damage to your teeth.

7. Drinking sugary drinks

Are you constantly drinking soda, energy drinks or sugary juice substitutes? The sugary beverages contain acid that will erode your teeth and then you will have to deal with cavities and a trip to the dentist.

8. Chewing on ice

Crunching cube with your teeth may be a fun and rewarding habit, it’s doing your teeth a world of damage and should be avoided at all costs. The fragments of the ice can damage your gums and wear away your teeth.

So there you go, eight habits that are doing damage to your teeth and gums. So heed this advice and avoid them at all costs, so you can keep your teeth well into your old age, or hopefully for the entire rest of your life! If your teeth need a checkup come see us at Dental Avenue Maroubra.

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