While most people want healthy teeth and gums to last their lifetime, sometimes our very own behaviors get in the way of good oral health. Often, our bad habits are harder to ditch than we realize, but taking that step forward towards change is always a positive one. Today, we’re discussing a few common bad dental habits you should ditch for healthier teeth:
- Chewing on ice.
While it seems harmless, crunching on ice can actually do damage to your teeth. Every time you munch down on ice, it can lead to cracks or chips on your teeth. Over time, this can weaken your tooth enamel and lead to an increase in cavities and other damage.
If you have a hard time breaking this habit, let the ice melt in your drink or consider switching to a crunchy alternative like apples or carrots.
- Biting on pens or pencils.
While you are concentrating on something, if you have a habit of chewing your pen or pencil, it’s time to stop. This is another habit that can damage your tooth enamel and cause your jaw to ache.
To fight this urge, consider chewing sugarless gum instead of your pen.
- Using your teeth like scissors.
Another habit that can cause damage is using your teeth like scissors. If you tear open a package or open a bottle with your teeth, this can chip or crack a tooth. It can also cause jaw pain too.
Put a stop to this habit by making scissors and other utensils easily accessible around your home.
- Grinding your teeth.
Teeth grinding is another habit that can cause damage to your teeth and hurt your jaw. It can also lead to headaches and muscle pain around your neck and shoulders.
You can alleviate this habit with TMJ treatment. We can create a custom-fit nightguard for you that will act as a barrier between your teeth. This can help eliminate this habit and help heal your jaw.
- Not brushing or flossing correctly.
While many people brush and floss regularly, it’s likely you aren’t doing it correctly. First, make sure you are brushing twice a day for at least two minutes. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to avoid damaging your enamel.
Next, you’ll want to floss each tooth carefully. If you aren’t sure you are flossing correctly, let us know at your next appointment, and we’ll show you the technique we recommend.
As the summer begins, it’s a great time to address bad behaviors and embrace good ones. Protect your oral health today by making sure you have your next checkup scheduled. Call 1st In Smiles today at 972-380-8105 to request an appointment in Plano, TX.