Are these bad habits ruining your teeth?

Simply brushing and flossing your teeth isn’t enough to keep your pearly whites healthy and strong. Your daily habits could be damaging your teeth’s health without you even knowing it.

Are you a nail biter? Do you use your teeth to open packages? These are just a couple of the habits that could be ruining your teeth. Below we list some of the things you should avoid in order to keep your dentist visits to a minimum.

Chewing on ice: You might think ice is harmless, but munching on hard ice cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. Tooth sensitivity and regular toothache may also follow your mindless chomping. Next time you get the urge to chew ice, grab some sugarless gum instead.

Thumb sucking: This habit, which usually develops from a young age, causes permanent changes to both tooth and jaw structure. Thumb sucking is often the cause of tooth misalignment which can lead to further issues such as problems when chewing and speaking. Serious misalignment may also require orthodontic work later in life.

Tongue piercing: Tongue piercings are usually discouraged by dentists as it can cause problems for the teeth and the mouth. They may cause teeth to chip or break and could also cause permanent gum recession which can lead to tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss.

Tearing into packaging with teeth: Although it may seem convenient, using your teeth to open potato chip bags or even bottle caps can cause teeth to chip or fracture. To save your teeth, reach for the proper tools for such tasks instead.



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