Thursday, October 2, 2014

Top 10 Bad Habits That Can Wreck Your Teeth

Little things that you do every day can have a big impact on your teeth. Here is a list of the top 10 bad habits that can wreck your teeth!

1. Continuously sipping on soda or sweet coffee: The sugar from a single sip can sit on your teeth for 20 minutes, and the accumulation of sugar can lead to rampant decay.

What to do: Try giving up the sugary drinks. If you cannot, then try to drink the liquid within a 15- minute time period, then either brush your teeth or drink some water to wash the sugar away.

2. Brushing too hard: Some people think using a hard-bristled toothbrush will scrub more plaque off of their gums, but often they may be damaging the enamel or gums by brushing too hard. 

3. Sucking on cough drops often: Many brands of cough drops contain a lot of sugar, which will sit on your teeth. If you're using cough drops because you have a dry mouth, then your rate of tooth decay may be even worse.

4. Chewing ice and crunching on hard candy: This can fracture your teeth

5. Forgetting to use sunscreen on your lips: Exposure to the sun can cause oral cancer

6. Using your teeth to open anything or crack nuts: Do not use your teeth to open a bottle, a barrette, a bobby pin, or anything else that is hard. It can lead to chipped or fractured teeth.
7. Grinding or clenching your teeth: This can be a tough habit to break because many people do this in their sleep. The motion wears down your teeth which can cause problems with your bite and lead to fractures, loose teeth, and pain in your jaw and teeth. Ask you dentist about a night guard or other remedies.

8. Chewing tobacco: Popping a wad of tobacco into your mouth can lead to oral cancer. Why would you even want to risk it?

9. Piercing your tongue: Dentists have seen lots of patients who have accidentally bit their tongue stud or ring and ended up chipping a tooth. The tongue stud or ring could also damage gums. Even more importantly, the piercing creates a wound in the mouth, which is a highly-bacterial environment and could increase the risk of infection. These infections can be life-threatening.

10. Using your teeth to snip thread or a fishing line: The line could slip and cut your gum line 

Bonus: Biting your nails!



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