Are Your Habits Actually Harming Your Teeth?
Have you recently experienced discomfort in your mouth and are unsure of the cause? Or maybe you had a dental emergency and were stunned to learn the cause of the damage. You might be surprised to learn that many of our patients have bad habits that can cause considerable damage to their oral health. A bad habit is a repeat pattern that can lead to negative results. We wanted to take a moment and share some bad habits that you may not realize are affecting your teeth. Continue reading to see if you are guilty of any of these bad habits.
Harmful Dental Habits
For years, you have learned about proper oral hygiene techniques and the importance of brushing your teeth thoroughly twice per day as well as flossing daily. Even patients who have beautiful, clean teeth succumb to bad dental habits from time to time. We want to share some bad habits that can damage your beautiful smile and prompt an extra unexpected visit to our office.
Opening Cans and Bottles with Your Teeth
During your summer parties, it may be tempting to open a soft drink using your teeth without giving a second thought. This is a quick way to chip or break your front teeth. Although dental enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it is not indestructible.
Chewing on Objects Other Than Food
It is not uncommon for someone who has nerves to chew or bite on something to relax. Pen caps, ice, and fingernails are popular choices. You are putting unneeded stress on your teeth when you bite your nails or chew on something hard such as ice. Teeth are slowly becoming worn and damaged. If this habit continues you may chip or crack your teeth, possibly break an existing crown, or cause a filling to fall out.
Smoking or Using Tobacco
Even with all of the warnings about tobacco use and the effect on the body, a number of patients still use tobacco products. Besides causing bad breath and stained teeth, tobacco is one of the leading causes of gum disease and oral cancer. These conditions can lead to tooth extractions and gum deterioration.
If you find yourself repeatedly doing one of the habits mentioned above it is time to break the pattern before you break or damage your teeth. If you find yourself experiencing a dental emergency or have any questions about the habits mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to contact our office located in Phoenix, AZ. We would love to help you!