If you have an excellent oral hygiene routine that includes thorough brushing and regular flossing, major kudos are in order. You’re demonstrating that you truly want to keep your smile in good shape — but is there more you could be doing? Many people engage in everyday activities that they don’t realize are harmful for their teeth. Your dentist in Irving is here to list a few of these habits and explain how they can damage those precious chompers of yours.
Chewing on Ice
Your teeth are pretty tough. In fact, enamel is the hardest substance in the human body — it’s even harder than steel! However, it’s much more brittle than steel, which is why teeth tend to break so easily. Ice is famous for its ability to damage teeth, so you should never munch on it as a snack or chew on the ice at the bottom of your beverage.
Using Your Teeth as a Tool
When you use your teeth to cut the tag off your new shirt or open that stubborn package of salad dressing, you’re exposing them to unnecessary danger. You could easily break one of them. At best, regularly using your teeth as a tool will cause premature wear and tear.
Using Your Teeth for Stress Management
Everyone has bad days. Sometimes, those bad days can stretch into bad weeks and bad months. But don’t take the stress out on your teeth! If you chew on pens, bite your fingernails, or grind your teeth, you could wear away your tooth enamel or break one of your precious pearly whites. Train yourself to get away from these bad habits and find other ways of coping with stress; you might listen to relaxing music or adjust your schedule so you have more time for yourself.
Sometimes, teeth grinding happens unconsciously at night. If you regularly wake up with a stiff jaw, you may need a nightguard from your dentist.
Not Paying Attention
Everyone has their clumsy moments, and sometimes those moments turn into dental trauma. For example, if you’re talking on your phone and don’t notice the sign that says the floor is wet, you could end up slipping and hitting your face. Or, you might miss that last step in the office stairwell and take a tumble. You can avoid most of these incidents by keeping multitasking to a minimum (especially when you’re walking in an unfamiliar place) and always striving to be aware of your surroundings.
The last thing you want is to put your teeth in unnecessary danger. Avoid the above habits so your smile can stay as healthy as possible.
About the Author
Dr. Crystal Stinson is a general Irving dentist who has been in practice since 2014. She loves to help her patients overcome dental problems, but she is even more passionate about preventing such problems from happening in the first place. If it is time for your next checkup, or you would like help to overcome habits that are bad for your teeth, contact our office at 972-476-2121.