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6 Surprising Habits That Damage Teeth

6 Surprising Habits That Damage Teeth

People may be damaging their pearly whites without realizing it.

We often see our friends biting nails or using their teeth to rip off the price tag from that new dress. Kindly suggest them to stop and discuss about the following six surprising habits that will damage the teeth and its enamel.

1. Medications like cough drops

Forget sugary snacks. Those are obvious cavity-promoting foods. Astonishingly enough, even things like throat lozenges can be troublesome. Here are six common medications that can lead to tooth decay: ① Immunosuppressant drugs, ② Antihistamines, ③ Chemotherapy treatments, ④ Aspirin, ⑤ Antibiotics, and ⑥ Respiratory inhalants.

When you’re on those medications, you should help stave off cavities by using toothpaste recommended by your dentist and keeping the sugary snacks a bare minimum.

2. Lack of water

Skip the energy drinks, flavoured sports waters and ice teas if you want to dodge cavities. Instead, drink H2O. Not only does it work on hydrating our body pretty well, but it works better on hydrating our mouth. A dry mouth can be an environment where it’s easier for bacteria to cause cavities. That’s why it’s important to drink enough water each day.

3. Nail biting

Get your fingers out of your mouth. When we bite our nails, we put our jaws in a protrusive position, meaning the lower jaw projects out and moves in a repetitive, unnatural way. It can cause pain and discomfort in the jaw, plus wear down the enamel on your pearly whites. It’s also a very common cause for chipped teeth. Need to kick the habit? Try using a bitter-tasting nail polish or reducing your stress levels.

4. Heavy brushing

Go easy on your brushing. Brushing aggressively can abrade our teeth. Not only can it be strip the enamel from teeth, in turn promoting cavities & decay, but it can also cause the gums to recede, resulting in exposing the roots. Think of brushing as a massage for your teeth and gums: Gentle strokes will do the trick.

5. Using your teeth as tools

You had that one friend in college who could pop open a beer with his mouth. Have you seen him since? Using the teeth as tools to open bottles, rip off tags or for any purpose besides chewing food can cause serious fractures. These can worsen over time and become infected. Check for discoloured teeth in the days, weeks or months after a trauma.

6. Thumb sucking

It sounds innocent, but thumb sucking is considered a trauma. The habit pushes on the upper palate, forcing permanent teeth to move or spread apart. And it’s a hard one to break. That’s why it’s important kids see the dentist by age 1 or when the first teeth appear. Dentists can talk to parents about proper dental care and ways to break the habit, such as using praise when a child doesn’t suck his or her thumb rather than criticism when they do, or encouraging the child to limit their thumb sucking to bedtime rather than all day.


Keeping Our Patients Safe During This Unprecedented Time:

Under the guidance of the BC Provincial Health, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and the BC Dental Association, we have implemented strict new clinic standards and safety measures in order to help protect our patients and staff, which include:

  • Pre-screening all patients for COVID-19 prior to accepting in-person appointments.
  • Checking temperatures of all patients and our clinic members using non-contact forehead infrared thermometers.
  • Requiring all our clinic members wear PPE at the clinic premises.
  • Requesting patients bring their own mask and put on the mask prior to entering the clinic.
  • Providing hand sanitizing stations and following strict hand hygiene protocols.
  • Increasing the frequency of sanitization of high-touch areas and surfaces.
  • Limiting the number of people in the clinic at one time and practicing physical distancing protocols.

The health & safety of our patients has always been our top priority. We encourage everyone to stay safe and to follow the directions of Health Canada and your local health authorities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us! Great thanks for your understanding and support!


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