Six Bad Habits That Are Damaging Your Teeth

Six Bad Habits That Are Damaging Your Teeth

Posted by Anthony G Corbo on Dec 15 2022, 11:18 PM

It is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine and to avoid certain bad habits in order to protect our teeth and gums. Here are some bad habits that can cause severe damage to our oral health. 

  • Not Flossing Regularly

Brushing your teeth twice a day is good, but flossing is equally important for a healthy mouth. Flossing removes the food particles that remain in the mouth after eating and prevents decay caused by leftover food particles. However, people who don’t floss their teeth usually suffer from bad breath or gum problems. So, floss your teeth at least once a day.

  • Nail Biting

If you bite your nails, you’re putting your teeth at risk of becoming chipped or wearing down prematurely. The habit can also put you at risk for gum disease because it increases your exposure to oral bacteria. These bacteria can trigger inflammation that wears away the soft tissues and bones that support your teeth. Biting your fingernails also puts you at a higher risk for gum recession and tooth damage because you use your teeth to bite the nails off. This puts a lot of pressure on your teeth which can lead to chipping and even loosening in some cases.

If you have the habit of nail-biting, it’s time to quit. You can also ask your dentist about ways to break the habit. Sometimes, hypnotherapy can be helpful in breaking bad habits like nail biting.

  • Smoking

Cigarette smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals. All of these substances are harmful to your teeth and gums by causing irritation to the soft tissues of the gums and eroding the enamel on your teeth. Smoking also makes it more difficult for your body to heal after dental procedures such as root canal therapy, tooth extractions, periodontal surgery, and other procedures. This can lead to complications during healing and more invasive treatments being necessary due to prolonged infection. Tobacco use can also lead to oral cancer, which is dangerous and can be deadly. In addition to cancer risks, smoking can also cause tooth loss, bad breath, stained teeth, and receding gums. If you are a smoker and want to improve your health, talk to a dentist about getting help to quit. Your

  • Aggressive Teeth Brushing

You may have heard that aggressive tooth brushing can cause enamel wear and receding gums. This is true - this can happen if you brush too frequently with too much force and for too long a period of time. To prevent these damages, make sure you are using a toothbrush with a soft head and gentle pressure. You may also want to consider switching to an electric toothbrush or using an oral irrigator to gently clean your teeth and remove bacteria. The ADA also recommends being sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become frayed and hard to clean.

  • Teeth Grinding

Many people grind their teeth at night when they’re sleeping and might not even realize they’re doing it. This habit can cause the teeth to wear down over time, chip, crack, and even break completely. In severe cases, they may need crowns or implants to repair the damage. In addition to causing physical damage to your teeth, grinding can also affect the way your upper and lower jaws fit together. This can lead to abnormal wear on the teeth as well as problems with the temporomandibular joint(TMD), headaches, and pain in the face, neck, or shoulders. If left untreated, TMD can also cause changes in facial appearances, such as flattening of the cheeks and receding chins. If you have the habit of teeth grinding, a customized nightguard can help you.

  • Not Visiting the Dentist Regularly

When we don’t visit the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, we place our oral health at risk. The reason behind many dental problems is that people don’t visit their dentist on a regular basis. They get busy with their work life that they fail to visit their dentist for years. This leads to problems such as tooth decay and gum disease, which can be prevented by visiting your dentist frequently.

Schedule an appointment with Anthony G Corbo, DDS, to learn more about our dental services. Head over to 13101 Old Sheridan St, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33330. Contact us at (954)434-2234 or visit our website to book an appointment.  

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