Habits that you may be doing that can damage your teeth
Did you know brushing and flossing alone can’t maintain oral health and wellness? Along with regular visits to the dentist for cleanings and evaluations, there are some habits you may have that may also be impacting your oral health. Dr. Ania Mohelicki and her team in Boulder, CO, can talk to you and your family about certain habits that can affect the teeth.
How am I damaging my teeth?
You might not realize it, but there are some habits that you do on a daily basis that can actually damage your teeth. Here are just a few of them:
- Brushing too hard: You might think that brushing harder will clean your teeth better, but in reality, it can actually damage your tooth enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to cavities. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle strokes instead.
- Chewing on ice: This one might seem like a no-brainer, but chewing on hard objects can crack or chip your teeth. If you must chew on something, look for sugar-free gum instead.
- Eating acidic and sugary foods: Foods and drinks with high acidity levels can erode your tooth enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and susceptible to cavities. Sugary foods feed the bacteria in your mouth, which can also lead to cavities.
- Grinding your teeth: This is a bad habit that many people are not even aware they do but grinding or clenching your teeth can put a lot of unnecessary stress on them and lead to chips or cracks. If you think you might be a grinder, talk to your dentist about getting a mouth guard.
- Biting your nails: Not only can nail-biting contribute to jaw dysfunction, but it can also cause bacteria along the cuticles and cause common problems like ingrown nails. Nail biting can also cause chips in the teeth and wear them down.
Request an appointment with Dr. Ania Mohelicki today!
If you’re guilty of any of the above habits, don’t worry – it’s never too late to change! Be sure to see your dentist on a regular basis so they can keep an eye on the health of your smile. If you live in the community of Boulder, CO, and would like to speak to Dr. Ania Mohelicki about your oral health and wellness, call 303-872-9940. Request an appointment with our skilled and experienced dental provider to learn more about caring for the teeth and gums for a lifetime of beautiful and healthy smiles!