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Are You Unintentionally Damaging Your Teeth?

There are some habits that are hard to break.

From biting your nails to constantly getting poor sleep, there are some things you’re doing that you know are bad habits.

It’s no big deal though, right? Surely they can’t be that bad for your health, especially if you do them in moderation.

Not quite.

Those habits that you think are harmless if done in moderation are actually very damaging to your teeth and can lead to pricey dentist bills.

What habits are hurting my teeth?

You know that things like smoking and eating excessive amounts of sugar are bad, but what about the things you do every day and don’t think twice about?

Chewing ice

How can chewing ice be bad for your teeth? It’s just frozen water.

It turns out this “harmless habit” is not so harmless. While your teeth may seem very tough and unbreakable, they’re not meant to chew hard objects like ice cubes. You may find yourself with a cracked or chipped tooth, or even damage to your fillings.

Chewing ice may also lead to damage to your tooth enamel, which is the first line of defence against cavities.

Using toothpicks

This one is tough because they’re designed to pick food debris out of your teeth, but they may actually be doing you more harm than good.

If the toothpick is poorly made or you’re being too rough, it may break and pieces can get stuck in your gums. When this happens, you may end up with holes in your gums that act as invitations for infection-causing bacteria. That bacteria can come from anywhere – even from the toothpick itself.

If you have fillings or veneers, you’re taking the risk of damaging them. The problem is worse if there is already an issue or a gap. Continued use of toothpicks may cause these restorations to become loose, fractured, or you may lose them altogether.

Using your teeth for anything other than their intended purpose

Your teeth are meant to eat and chew, complement your smile, and to help support your facial structure.

They are not meant to be used as a tool.

When you use them to open things like bottles or packages, you’re putting yourself at risk of cracking or chipping them, excessive wear, jaw pain, and even poor jaw alignment.

If you’re using them to carry things, you’re wearing your teeth out quicker. There is also the risk of accidentally swallowing what is in your mouth if you sneeze, hiccup, or if you’re startled.

What’s the biggest mistake I’m making when it comes to my oral health?

Bad habits aside, there is one thing you’re doing (or not doing) that is preventing you from getting the smile of your dreams, and that’s not visiting your dentist regularly.

Dr. Andrea Stevens and her team are waiting to help you break that bad habit in a supportive and non-judgemental environment.

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