10 Bad Dental Habits to Ditch for Healthy Teeth

Everyone knows that developing good brushing and flossing habits, along with eating the right kinds of foods are the first steps toward an improvement in dental health. But there are plenty of other ways to keep your smile healthy. Take a look at these bad dental habits and make a point to stop doing them if you want to keep your teeth healthy.

10 Bad Dental Habits

1. Don’t use your teeth as tools. Not everyone is the type of person who opens a bottle with their teeth, but using your teeth for less macho tasks such as biting the tags off of clothes or ripping open a bag of potato chips can also harm your teeth and gums.

2. Don’t chomp down on ice.Using your teeth to crush hard foods such as candy, lollipops, and ice can scratch the enamel on your teeth. If you have dental work such as dental crowns or veneers, biting down on hard objects might shear them from your teeth.

3. Stop nail biting.While this one is an especially difficult habit to break for some people, nail biting can damage the enamel on your teeth while putting your gums at risk for infection.

4. Stop thumb sucking. Dentists say that children who still suck their thumbs after they get their permanent teeth might be putting themselves at risk for teeth misalignment or malocclusion, which can cause a number of problems down the line, such as trouble chewing or breathing. Some dentists recommend that children stop using pacifiers around 36 months of age, too.

5. Don’t chew on your writing instruments. One of your’s bad dental habits is chewing on your pen or pencil while you’re at your desk? You might not realize just how hard you’re biting down, increasing the changes of harming existing dental work.

6. Don’t grind your teeth. For many people, stressful situations can lead to jaw-clenching and teeth grinding, this kind of bad dental habits can actually cause microfractures in their teeth. Try chewing sugar-free gum if you know you’re going to be stressed out.

7. Don’t overdo it with citrus fruits. Citrus fruits are great sources of antioxidants, but they are also very acidic. The citric acid combined with the sugar in lemons and limes can be a perfect combination for tooth decay. If you do eat citrus, drink plenty of water afterwards to flush out the acid.

8. Don’t brush your teeth directly after every meal. Ideally, you should brush your teeth three times a day after each meal. But don’t brush your teeth too soon after eating, as it might remove the enamel that is naturally softened during eating(Learn more:Is It Possible to Brush Your Teeth Too Much?).

9. Don’t brush your teeth too hard. Scrubing your teeth while brushing them is also one of the bad dental habits. Brushing your teeth too hard or for too long can actually cause damage by removing enamel and harming gums.

10.Don’t smoke.Almost 50% of the population over the age of 60 who wear dentures are smokers. That’s pretty clear evidence of what bad dental habits and smoking does to your teeth and gums.

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