Oral health is one of those things that it can be easy to forget about and easy to really derail. You may know that eating sweets is bad for your teeth or drinking coffee can ruin your smile. But avoiding these things is easier said than done. But these habits are just the beginning, there are plenty of other simple things that you could be doing that are ruining your oral health. So here are some things that you should avoid starting or should try and stop in order to maintain good oral health.
1. Chewing Ice
There are plenty of people who chew ice either because they like the crunch or they like how refreshing it is. There are some who believe that the desire to chew ice is a sign of anemia. Whatever the reason it is a bad habit for oral health. Chewing ice can cause small fractures in the teeth that can eventually cause the teeth to break apart.
2. Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding often occurs at night and it is the sliding back and forth of your teeth against each other. This may seem harmless enough but it can actually cause your teeth to split. Teeth have been known to split all the way down to the root as a result of teeth grinding. To solve this problem and prevent damage you should invest in a nighttime mouth guard.
There are dozens of reasons why smoking is bad for your health. But in terms of oral health it can cause oral cancer, yellowing teeth, a receding gum line and bad breath. If these issues were not bad enough, smoking is also one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. So if you want to keep your pretty smile and keep your teeth, you should avoid smoking.
4. Cheek Biting
For most people biting their cheek is something that happens only occasionally or on accident. But if you bit your cheek often due to a habit or misaligned teeth, then it could lead to serious problems. Not only is it painful when bit a chunk out of your cheek but it can lead to an infection. There are also some professionals who suggest that cheek biting may be a cause of oral cancer.
5. Using Teeth to Open Things
You should not use your teeth for anything but chewing food. If you are using your teeth to open packages or bottles, then you are damaging them. By using them as tools you are wearing away and damaging the enamel. Once the enamel of your teeth is gone, it does not come back. So protect your pearly whites and only use them on food.
While dieting may be good for your health and even your oral health, it has to be done right. If you are on a diet that drastically restricts calories or dictates what you eat (cabbage soup diet anyone?), then it is bad for your oral health. A well balanced diet is necessary to provide your teeth and gums with the nutrients they need in order to be strong and healthy.
7. Using the Wrong Brush
When it comes to brushing you may think that it is always doing a good thing for your teeth. The reality is that you could be damaging your teeth every time you brush if you are using the wrong toothbrush. If you are using anything other than a soft bristled brush you are risking damage to your gums, teeth enamel and root surfaces. Unless instructed by a dentist to do otherwise, you should always use a soft brush.
8. Tongue and Lip Piercings
While they may be trendy and cool, piercing in the tongue and lip can be bad for oral health. The first issue is that these piercings can be easy to forget about and bite. If you bite hard on a metal piercing, you can break a tooth. Another issue is that metal piercing constantly rubbing against the gums can cause damage that leads to tooth loss. A poorly done piercing can also lead to infection.
9. Using Cough Drops
Cough drops may be great for the throat and since they are sold in the medicine aisle, they seem like they are good for you. Cough drops can help you feel better but they can also damage your teeth because they contain lots of sugar. So the same soothing cough drops that coat your throat, can also coat your teeth with sugar. If you have a cough drop make sure to brush well afterward.
10. Sucking on Lemons
If you enjoy the sour taste of lemons and find yourself sucking them, you could be doing damage to your teeth. Lemons are very acidic and this acid breaks down the enamel of your teeth. By sucking lemons, you are squirting the acidic juice of the lemon right on your teeth. So you will end up with teeth that have worn and rough enamel.
1. Holding Things With Your Teeth
Often you may find yourself in need of another hand or you put your pen or sunglasses in-between your teeth when you are thinking. This is an absentminded habit but it can be bad for your teeth. Often you have no idea how much pressure you are putting on your teeth because your mind is occupied elsewhere. This can cause your teeth to shift, crack or damage any dental work that you have.
12. Nail Biting
Nail biting is one of the most common nervous habits and it can do a number on fingernails. What most nail biters don’t know is that it can also affect your oral health. It can be an issue of oral hygiene due to the dirt and things that are caught under your nails. Too much nail biting can cause your teeth to move out of place or break. It can even cause your tooth enamel to splinter.