You may be causing a lot of damage to your teeth and not even know it! You may like to think that you practice good oral hygiene, but if you have any of the following habits, you are mistreating your pearly whites and putting your precious smile at risk:
Drinking Excessive Soda
Let’s admit it. We are drinking way too much soda and sports drinks. The acids in most of the soft and carbonated drinks erode the protective outer layer of the teeth, called the enamel. The teeth get stained and cavities may emerge.
Clenching and Grinding
A lot of us, when stressed or enraged, grind our teeth. Some people clench their teeth really hard, putting a lot of force on the teeth as well as the jaws. This grinding and clenching could result in chipped teeth and damaged jaws.
A Toolbox in Your Mouth
Your teeth are there to help us chew our food, not to use them like a toolbox. But, sometimes we forget that. Use your teeth as a bottle opener all you want, but you might not look good with a chipped tooth.
Kids find thumb sucking soothing, but it may permanently change the teeth alignment or even the jaw structure. This misalignment can lead to difficulty in chewing food and in some cases even breathing problems.
Forgetting To Floss
Brushing your teeth is not enough people! Get a good quality floss and start flossing. Using mouthwash is not a substitute for regular flossing either. Flossing is essential for healthy and bacteria-free teeth and gums.
Punishing Your Teeth with Your Toothbrush
What type of a toothbrush are you using and how hard are you brushing your teeth? To protect your gums and the precious enamel, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure to brush with soft hands in a slow circular motion.
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