When it comes to your teeth, there are all sorts of ways that you can do some real damage. Not eating properly and not practicing good dental hygiene are some of the things that can lead to tooth decay and oral health problems. There are some more subtle ways, however, that you can wreck your teeth. Avoid these bad dental habits to ensure your teeth stay healthy for years to come.
You might think that ice is harmless since it’s just water and free of sugar. But munching on ice cubes can chip or crack your teeth, and can irritate the soft tissue inside of the tooth causing toothaches.
Not Wearing a Mouth Guard
Playing contact sports without wearing a mouth guard is unsafe and can lead to chipped teeth. It can even lead to tooth loss in extreme cases! You can purchase self-fitting mouth guards at a store or have them custom made by a professional.
Giving Baby a Bottle at Bedtime
Bedtime is the worst time to give your infant a bottle because it will coat the baby’s teeth in sugars overnight. This is a surefire way to promote tooth decay and shouldn’t be done.
One of the worst dental habits is teeth grinding, which wears teeth down over time. Generally, this is caused by stress and sleeping habits, which makes it difficult to keep under control. Keeping away from hard foods during the day can help reduce the pain and damage from teeth grinding, and wearing a mouth guard at night can help prevent the damage.
Opening Things with Teeth
Keep your bottle opener and scissors handy when opening items! Using your teeth to open bottles and plastic packaging is a very bad dental habit that can lead to cracked and chipped teeth.
Snacking doesn’t produce as much saliva in your mouth as a meal does, which leads to food bits being stuck in your teeth for longer. This suppresses the mouth’s natural sugar and bacterial defense mechanisms. Avoid snacking too frequently and snack with foods that are low in sugar and starch!
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