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5 Bad Habits for Teeth and How to Kick Them for Good

5 Bad Habits for Teeth and How to Kick Them for Good

Picking up bad habits for teeth is often too easy, but these actions may be why you are struggling to keep your teeth in perfect condition. Today we’ll zero in on some of these bad habits. Steer clear of these nasty tropes and embark on a journey of care and well-maintained pearly whites. 

1. Smoking

Cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of bad teeth. Smoking exposes your teeth to nicotine and tobacco, which causes your teeth to turn yellow, leaving unsightly stains. The smoke also weakens the enamel covering your teeth, leading to tooth decay.

In addition, constantly inhaling smoke results in bad breath. It will also lead to gum disease, and in the long run, food even begins to taste differently.

2. Nail biting

Nail biting, a common nervous tick, could be contributing to your teeth problems. For starters biting your nails can cause the enamel on your teeth to crack or chip away.  

This could be one of the worst habits for teeth as, in addition, fingernails become jagged with sharp edges. They may scratch your gums, introducing abrasions that bacteria love to fester in.

As a result, gum disease and rotting teeth may occur. Also, putting your nails in your mouth can transfer germs and bacteria from anything you’ve touched into the mouth, causing further dental infections.

Try to identify your triggers to be more mindful to stop the habit in those situations. You can also try techniques such as using bitter nail polish. 

3. Brushing too hard

While you want your teeth to be clean, applying too much pressure when brushing is never a good idea. When you brush too hard, you may inadvertently wear down and erode the enamel that protects your teeth. 

This will lead to tooth sensitivity and makes it easier for bacteria to damage your teeth. In addition, it will cause the gum tissue to recede. 

4. Grinding your teeth

Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is an involuntary condition that usually happens during sleep. It causes wear and tear, chipping off and cracking your tooth enamel. Once your enamel is weak, bacteria will have a field day on your teeth, causing cavities and tooth decay.  

This will also lead to pain in the jaws and headaches. Consider trying some coping mechanisms such as avoiding caffeine and using mouth guards.

5. Consuming sugary foods and drinks

Unhealthy eating habits such as constantly munching on sweets and sugary foods and consuming drinks like soda and energy drinks will speed up the rate at which your teeth decay. The excess sugar builds up and causes plaque and tartar to accumulate on your teeth, resulting in yellowing. 


There you have it! These are some habits that may be doing you more harm than good when it comes to your teeth health. Make an effort to replace these habits with good ones in the new year. 

If you need help reversing the effects of your old habits on your teeth, visit Maroubra Dental Avenue for the best dental care Maroubra can provide.

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