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7 Surprising Habits Killing Your Teeth

7 Surprising Habits Killing Your Teeth

Are you destroying your pearly whites without realizing it? You might be doing permanent damage if you’re a nail biter or using your teeth to rip off the price tag from that new dress. Stop and heed this advice: Brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, regularly visit your dentist and have a good, balanced diet. All of those things are going to protect you from damaging your teeth and enamel. Here are some surprising ways you’re damaging your teeth.

1. Overdoing sugary food and drinks – even cough drops

Forget cookies, cupcakes and candy. Those are obvious cavity-promoting foods. Astonishingly enough, even things like throat lozenges can be bad. But we also want to think about where we might be getting other sources of sugar, like sports drinks and not enough water. The good news is you can help stave off cavities by using toothpaste recommended by your dentist and keeping the sugary snacks to a 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 is it good to hydrate your body, but it’s good to hydrate your mouth. A dry mouth can be an environment where it’s easier for bacteria to cause cavities. Flouride is found in tap water and some bottled water and can ward off tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to drink as much as possible.

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

Brusha, brusha, brusha! Go easy on your chompers,. Brushing aggressively can abrade our teeth. Not only can it strip the teeth of their enamel, promoting cavities and decay, but it can also cause the gums to recede. That doesn’t look very nice, but it also exposes the roots. Think of brushing as a massage for your teeth and gums – gentle strokes will do the trick.

5. Neglecting baby teeth

Kids might lose their baby teeth, but that doesn’t mean they’re not an important part of their health. In fact, these first teeth help predict how healthy adult teeth will be. Baby teeth are meant to fall out, but each tooth has a timeline. If a tooth decays and is pulled out too early, there may be insufficient space available for the adult tooth to grow. Losing a baby tooth prematurely can shift other teeth, forcing a child to need braces later in life.

6. 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 your 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.

7. 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.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Our dentists can help everyone in your family understand the importance of proper oral hygiene over time and the positive effects it has on your health. At Family Care Dental Clinic, we treat our clients to a soothing environment where they can receive quality dental care no matter what their needs are. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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