In order to achieve and maintain a healthy smile, practicing excellent oral hygiene is a must. Even if you’re doing an excellent job of brushing & flossing every day, you may have a few habits that are putting your teeth at risk for damage. Here are a few behaviors that can cause serious, immediate damage to your teeth like chipping and cracking, or damage which slowly occurs like the erosion of the enamel on your teeth.
Not Using the Right Toothbrush
Using a toothbrush with hard, firm bristles can cause gum recession and abrasive damage to the surfaces of the roots of your teeth. Therefore, be sure that you always use a toothbrush with multi-tufted soft bristles to ensure you’re not doing more harm than good.
Brushing Your Teeth Aggressively and Too Often
When brushing your teeth, it’s important to brush gently as removing plaque and food debris only requires gentle brushing. People who put too much pressure on the brush when brushing often do damage to the protective enamel on their teeth so be sure to use a gentle touch. Even brushing your teeth too often can erode the enamel on your teeth as you only need to brush your teeth after meals and before bedtime to keep your teeth clean.
Grinding and Clenching Your Teeth
When you grind or clench your teeth repeatedly, it can prematurely wear down your tooth enamel and even cause problems like fractures of the teeth and jaw pain. If you have a grinding/clenching habit, speak to your dentist about wearing a protective mouth guard at night to safeguard your teeth.
Using Your Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are not designed to be used as tools to tear open packages, rip cloth or remove bottle tops. To avoid fracturing, chipping or breaking your teeth, never use your teeth as tools.
You are only given one set of permanent teeth so treat them right and they’ll serve you well!