You probably do not know these regular habits actually cause harm to your teeth. Most of us are guilty to at least 50% of these bad habits.
So check them out and share with me how many of them you are guilty of, bearing in mind that the aim of this article is to actually make you aware that these habits are actually causing you harm, so you could stop them.
You definitely would thank me later…
Tongue piercings may be fashionable and trendy, but its actually biting down on the metal stud and can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk. And when metal rubs against the gums, it can cause gum damage that may lead to tooth loss. The mouth is also a haven for bacteria, so piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. Also, with a tongue piercing there is a risk of accidentally piercing a large blood vessel, which can cause severe bleeding.
All sugary treats promote tooth decay, but some candies are harder to bear. Gummies stick in the teeth, keeping the sugar and resulting acids in contact with your enamel for hours. So think twice when next you are buying gummy candy, either for yourself or for your kids.
Fruit juice is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but unfortunately most juices are also loaded with sugar. Especially those commercial produced, some of them have as much sugar per serving as soda. For example, there are only 10 more grams of sugar in orange soda than in orange juice. Fruits are naturally sweet, so look for juice that has no added sugar. You can also reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.
Opening Things With Your Teeth
I am certain many of us are as guilty to this as I am. Opening bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth may be convenient, but this is one habit that makes dentists cringe. Using your teeth as tools can cause them to crack or chip. Instead, keep scissors and bottle openers handy.
Coffee’s dark colour and acidity can cause yellowing of the teeth over time. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest stains to treat with various whitening methods. Talk to your dentist if you’re concerned about discoloration of your teeth.
The bacteria in plaque will also break down starchy foods into acid. This acid can attack the teeth for the next 20 minutes, and even longer if the food is stuck between the teeth or you snack often. You might want to floss after eating potato chips or other starchy foods that tend to get stuck in the teeth.
Snacking produces less saliva than a meal, leaving food bits in your teeth for hours longer. Avoid snacking too frequently, and stick to snacks that are low in sugar and starch — for example, carrot sticks
Cigarettes, as well as other tobacco products, can stain teeth and cause them to fall out as a result of gum disease. Tobacco can also cause cancer of the mouth, lips, and tongue. If you were looking for one more reason to quit, think of your smile.
Chewing on Pencils
Do you ever chew on your pencil when concentrating on work or studies? This habit can cause teeth to chip or crack. Sugarless gum is a better option when you feel the need to chew. It will trigger the flow of saliva, which can make teeth stronger and protect against enamel-eating acids.
Drinking Red Win
The acids in wine eat away at tooth enamel, creating rough spots that make teeth more vulnerable to staining. Red wine also contains a deep pigment called chromogen and tannins, which help the colour stick to the teeth. This combination makes it easy for the wine’s red colour to stay with you long after your glass is empty.
Chewing on Ice
It is natural and sugar free, so you might think ice is harmless. But munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. And if your mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth, regular toothaches may follow. Hot foods and cold foods may trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get the urge for ice, chew some sugarless gum instead.