We all have a few bad habits. But for those of you who tend to include your teeth in some of these ill-advised behaviors, the sooner you cease such actions, the better it will be for preserving your smile and preventing any undue wear and tear. These are five of the worst habits that could cause significant damage to your teeth and have you in the dentist’s chair sooner than you think.
1. Opening Things
A bag of chips, that package from the Post Office, your bottle of beer, how many of these things have you used your teeth to open? You might be surprised by how many people have done all of them and worse. Needless to say, when you’re using your teeth as a substitute for a scissors or a bottle-opener you risk cracking or breaking one or more of them every time.
2. Hazardous Drinking
Three of the worst things you could drink when it comes to your teeth are coffee, wine, and soda. All of them are dark colored and acidic enough to demineralize the enamel on your pearly whites. Coffee and soda might also contain enough sugar to make the damage worse. This goes for white wine and diet soda as well, these can also have a dramatic impact on decaying your teeth.
A fancy term for grinding your teeth at night. You probably don’t even realize you’re doing it until you wake up and feel pain or soreness in your jaw along with a slight headache. Clenching and grinding puts additional stress on the teeth, which can result in breaking, cracking, and chipping. There could be any number of reasons why you grind your teeth, so talk to your dentist about solutions to the problem.
4. Stop Smoking
Each one of those cigarettes you light up isn’t just doing your lungs a disservice, you’re also running the risk of staining your teeth, promoting gum disease, and let’s just say your breath won’t be so great either. You should drop this habit immediately by avoiding all tobacco products that can ruin your smile.
5. Foreign Objects
Pen caps, fingernails, pencil erasers, these and many other strange items find their way into our mouths, and when they do, they could prove damaging to the well-being of our teeth. You can add ice to the list of things you should avoid chomping down on from time to time.