There are some bad habits that can hurt your teeth that everyone should be aware of.The teeth is the gateway to the mouth. We use the teeth to chew our meals and they provide shape to the mouth and face. It is also an important components in producing speech. The teeth doesn’t contain living cells thus the teeth cant repair itself when it is damaged.   It’s important you protect your teeth and also avoid the following bad habits that can hurt your teeth.

  1. Brushing too hard: Brushing for two minutes twice a day is one of the best habits you can get into. Just make sure you’re not trying too hard. “Brushing too hard, can damage your teeth and irritate the gums. It important you don’t scrub your teeth but brush it  gently.
  2. Smoking: Tobacco in cigarette can lead to staining of the teeth. Also, smoking can predispose to certain gum cancers and oral diseases. You should stop smoking in order to improve your oral hygiene.
  3. Opening drinks and packages with your teeth: This leads to cracking or chirping of the teeth. Once your teeth is cracked it can’t grow back. It’s important you get bottle openers to prevent damage to your teeth.
  4. Chewing on ice: This gives a satisfying feeling however, it leads to a sharp drop in the temperature of the teeth. This can lead to the fracture of your teeth.
  5. Snacking: Constant and regular snacking can lead to excessive deposition of sugar on the teeth and can lead to tooth decay.
  6. Sucking your fingers, tongue and lips:  When this is done consistently it can lead to misalignment of the teeth especially if the person has grown permanent teeth. This bad habit should be stopped early in life so as to prevent damage to the teeth.
  7. Nail biting:  This leads to problem with your jaw and jaw dysfunction. Nail biting can lead to chirping and wearing out of the teeth. If you are addicted to nail biting you can wear fake nails or use bitter tasting nail polish to coat your nails.
  8. Taking food high in acidic: Acidic meals such as lime when taken in large quantity leads to wash-off of the enamel. This can lead to weakening of the teeth which predisposes to easy cracking and fracture.
  9. High consumption of sugary meals: This causes bacteria to reproduce in greater amounts with associated increased risk of cavities and other problems in the mouth. It is important you reduce sugary meals and consume fresh fruits instead.
  10. Jaw clenching and tooth grinding: Sometimes, we clench our jaws when stressed, anxious, or angry. This can cause chipping or cracking of the teeth, as well as muscle tenderness or joint pain.
  11. Using hard toothbrush:  Some people believe the use of hard tooth brush gives prompt cleanliness to the teeth. This is very false as hard tooth brush can lead to the damage to the gum and outer lining of the teeth.
  12. Toothpick use:  Poor use of toothpick can lead to damage to the gum. You can use a dental floss (a soft thread of floss silk or similar material used to clean between the teeth) instead of a toothpick.

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