Everyday habits that will damage your teeth

Article written by Elite Dental Group.

A beautiful smile is something you wear every day and one that needs to be protected. However, some habits can cause damage to your teeth and gums, which can result in costly dental visits and painful invasive procedures that otherwise could have been avoided.

Here are some common habits that will damage teeth and gums.

Chewing ice – Some people love to chew ice to quench their thirst on a hot day or bite ice after consuming a cold drink. Chewing ice may seem harmless, but it can make small cracks in a person’s tooth enamel that can widen in time, causing tooth decay, fillings, and crowns.

Drinking soda – Sodas have acids that break down your teeth’ enamel and cause cavities. Just one soda a day can cause damage to both adults and children’s teeth. Instead, dentists recommend water or milk which are healthy and teeth-friendly.

Chewing on a pencil or pen – Biting a pencil or a pen usually becomes a habit as a child.  Constant chewing will crack and chip teeth, which weakens the enamel and makes teeth uneven. Instead, adults can opt for chewing sugar-free gum which is teeth-friendly as it removes food particles and cleans teeth.

Using your teeth as an opener – Using your teeth to open a bottle can severely damage teeth and in some cases cause deep cracks that are expensive to repair. Additionally, you can scrap your gums causing a bacterial infection.

Biting nails– Apart from increasing your risk of disease by constantly putting your fingers in your mouth, the pressure applied when biting nails can loosen and crack teeth. To stop this habit, take good care of your nails by booking regular manicures. You will always think twice before biting well-manicured nails.

Dr. Andre Eliasian and his team at Elite Dental Group can help you improve and maintain a beautiful smile. Their non-invasive client-focused approach to modern dentistry will provide their clients with the best cosmetic dentistry, wisdom tooth extraction, dental implants, oral surgery in Glendale, CA.