You clean your teeth and see your dentist regularly. These practices are both key to maintaining a healthy smile. Did you know there are more ways you can protect your teeth? Here are 10 habits that can be avoided to improve your oral health.

  1. Nail biting. Some people tend to bite their nails out of habit and can lead to weakened chipped, worn and broken teeth. Reach for some sugar free gum instead.
  2. Aggressive brushing and brushing too soon. Regular brushing is crucial. However, when not
    done properly, it can be unhealthy for your teeth and gums. When you brush too hard, your teeth and gums suffer. Brushing immediately after consuming acidic food and drinks can also damage your tooth enamel. Wait for at least 30 minutes after enjoying your meal before brushing. Make sure to be gentle and always choose a brush with soft bristles.
  3. Munching on ice cubes. Chewing on ice cubes can easily become a habit. Ice cubes are very hard and crunching on them can cause chips and cracks in your teeth. Extremely hot and cold food can also cause sensitivity.
  4. Grinding. Stress, crooked teeth, and abnormal bite are among factors that trigger grinding. Wearing a nightguard during sleep can help reduce the amount of grinding or clenching your teeth unconsciously. A customized nightguard from your dentist can help reduce damage to your teeth.
  5. Constant snacking or binge eating. Munching on sugary food all day can stimulate acid production in your mouth. Acid breaks down the outer shell or enamel of your teeth. Try replacing sweet treats with other teeth-friendly options such as apples and carrots.
  6. Using teeth for cutting and opening. Teeth are meant for chewing and not as an accessory from your tool box. Using teeth as a cutting tool weakens and wears down our teeth leading to breaking and chipping. Keep scissors handy when you need to cut or open anything.
  7. Biting pencils or pens. This habit can result to chips or cracks on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum is a much better option than a pen or pencil.
  8. Drinking fruit juices. They’re tasty but they can also be acidic and contain too much sugar. If you are going to consume fruit juice, avoid the added sugar varieties. Also, always drink water after enjoying a refreshing fruit juice to rinse away any sugar left behind.
  9. Sipping sugary soda and energy drinks. Sugar and acids found in energy and sport drinks are
    like battery acid to your teeth. Try to lessen intake of these sugary drinks and rehydrate with water as a teeth-friendly alternative.
  10. Participating in sports without wearing mouth guard. Keep your mouth-guard ready if you
    are participating in any sports. Mouth-guards help protect your teeth in the event of an injury or extreme pressure and can protect against concussions.

Proper brushing and flossing are simple ways you can care for your teeth. But you can do more to improve your oral health. By being more mindful of your everyday habits, you also maximize benefits you can earn from your dental care routine.

Looking for a dentist near you in North West Calgary? Visit us at Beacon Smiles Dental office. Tell us more about your oral care habits and let’s see how we can improve them.