Do have a bad dental habit? Believe it or not, most individuals have acquired bad dental habits over the years without even really knowing that they’re doing it. Unfortunately, because we don’t know we are doing these natural types of habits, it’s difficult to stop. What’s worse is that if this habit affects our teeth, it can lead to many issues down the road. And if we are aware of the problem, we don’t realize it’s damaging our teeth. Here is a list of some bad habits that does a lot of damage to your teeth. If some of them sound familiar, you may want to try changing your ways…for your smile’s sake:
Chewing ice. After you’ve finished a drink, you might have the habit of chewing the ice that is leftover. Little did you know, the cold and hardness of the cubes can actually do damage to your teeth by chipping or cracking them.
Tooth toolkit. Using your teeth to crack open nuts, or tear through plastic can be incredibly detrimental. Just like chewing ice, using your teeth as a tool may cause damage to your teeth.
Drinking soda. While this isn’t a surprise, we’re adding the usage of sugar free sodas as well. Sodas are acidic and incredibly harmful to teeth.
Nail biting. Perhaps one of the most common bad habits, biting your nails itself is not only damaging to your nail beds, but also to your teeth.
Grinding your teeth. The official term for this habit is bruxism and is a common occurrence at night. But grinding your teeth wears them down. While this is difficult to control, a dentist could suggest using a nightguard to help you get it under control.
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