Bad Habits That Can Hurt Your Teeth
Taking care of your teeth is something that should be at the top of your list in your morning and evening routines. There are many benefits to practicing good oral health, and the negatives attached to ignoring your oral health can be severe. While it is easy to forget to brush or floss every now and then, it just may be that your daily habits have a more negative effect on your oral health than a skipped brushing session. There are many habits that people across the world do not realize are damaging their oral health. In this article we will look at a couple of habits that can hurt your smile.
- Chewing on pens or other objects. For many people, this happens without them even realizing it. While you are at work or at school you may be chewing on an item such as a pen or pencil, and not even notice that they are doing it. When somebody is biting on objects, consistently, it can start to wear at their teeth and in some cases cause them to chip or break. Many people will use their teeth to open bottles, or other objects, not realizing that it could have a damaging affect.
- The toothbrush you’re using. While we always want you to be brushing your teeth, the toothbrush that you choose could actually negatively affect your oral health. When it comes to toothbrushes, they are made with soft, medium or hard bristles. Toothbrushes with hard bristles, in many cases, are too hard and will wear away at the tooth’s enamel. They can also damage your gums as they brush against them too aggressively. It is best to have a toothbrush with soft bristles and keep to a schedule of brushing and flossing twice a day.
- The food that you eat. Around your teeth is enamel that helps protect the teeth and the nerves that are inside your teeth. Foods that are high in acidic content can cause more damage to the enamel on your teeth than other foods. While it is alright to eat acidic foods, it is important to realize that they require extra attention when it comes to brushing and flossing. The same is true for foods such as breads, which are high in sugar and carbohydrates. These can also start to deteriorate the teeth if you do not brush and floss regularly.