While your teeth are meant to be sharp enough to bite into foods and tough enough to chew, they are still subject to damage. This is especially true if you practice any of the following five worst habits for your teeth.
1. Using your teeth as openers.
Your teeth are meant to bite and chew -- but not non-food objects or on ice cubes. Using your teeth to bite or tear these objects can cause trauma and cracking, weakening them over time. Avoid this bad habit to prevent from damaging your teeth.
2. Eating or drinking highly acidic foods.
Drinks like colas or citrus foods such as lemons are highly acidic and can literally eat away at your tooth enamel with frequent exposure. In the case of sodas, they also contain high amounts of sugar, which can also be harmful for your teeth. Limit these foods in favor of water, fruits and vegetables.
3. Not replacing your toothbrush enough.
You should change your toothbrush at least every three to four months and after you have a cold or other contagious illness. Germs and bacteria can build up on your toothbrush just as they can on your teeth. By regularly replacing your toothbrush, you can keep the bristles working at their best and limit infections.
4. Clenching or grinding your teeth.
Teeth grinding at night can wear down your teeth, causing them to become crooked or leading to an uneven bite. Stress and anxiety can cause you to grind your teeth at night. If you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw, this can be an indicator that you are grinding your teeth at night. You may also clench your teeth during the day if you experience significant stress. Wearing a mouthguard can help to reduce soreness, pain and wear on your teeth.
5. Refraining from using dental floss.
Dental floss is vital to freeing the hard-to-reach bacteria between your teeth. However, many of our Hoffman Estate dentist patients skip this vital step. By flossing your teeth at least once per day, you can reduce your risk for cavities and dental decay.
If you haven't visited our Hoffman Estates' dentist office, there's no time like the present! Call us at (847) 991-0790 to perform this healthy dental habit of making and keeping regular check-ups.