Top 5 Tooth Damaging Habits

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Your teeth are supposed to last a lifetime. In order for that to happen, practice good oral hygiene and maintain dental checkups and professional cleanings. Unfortunately, many people are damaging their teeth without even realizing it. Some of these habits develop at a very early age and do not show any signs of damage until years later and the harmful effects manifest over time. There are a number habits that people do daily that can cause this kind of damage to your oral health. We have picked our top 5 that people may not be aware are harmful.

Our top 5 tooth damaging habits to avoid are:

  1. Nail Biting – Nail biting can cause your teeth to chip or break off and can cause damage to the enamel. Since most nail biters use the front teeth to bite their nails, the front teeth typically suffer the wear and tear that nail biting can cause. 
  1. Crunching Ice – Chewing on ice can lead to chipped, cracked and fractured teeth. The extreme cold can weaken teeth and make them more susceptible to breakage. Chewing ice also chips away tooth enamel and can cause serious damage over time. Teeth aren’t intended to crush ice cubes.
  1. Using Teeth as a Tool – Teeth should not be used as can openers, scissors, pliers, or knives because they aren’t tools. Even if you feel you have not harmed your teeth by using them in place of the correct tools, you may cause micro-cracks that are not visible and may eventually lead to more serious dental problems.
  1. Using Non-Dental Products – Paperclips, paper, or other non-dental products shouldn’t be used to get something out from your teeth. Using these objects may lead to gum and tooth damage. Using a piece of paper can cut your gums just as a paper cut on your finger. 
  1. Biting on Pens and Pencils – Chewing on pens or pencils can crack and break teeth or even damage existing dental work. Chewing on hard objects can damage dental restorations such as fillings or crowns.

Your teeth are made to chew food and nothing more. To break any of these top 5 tooth damaging habits, begin by recognizing any tooth-damaging habits you may have. Try substituting your habit with healthier ones. Discipline yourself to healthier choices that will help make your teeth healthier and preserve your smile.

Stay on top of your regular checkups and cleanings as part of your healthy lifestyle. Contact Palm Harbor Premier Dental at (727) 349-3615 for your next appointment. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you!