The importance of regular brushing, flossing, and bi-annual dental cleanings cannot be stressed enough, however, even if you are adamant about following these recommendations, the health of your teeth may still be in danger because there are certain habits that can cause a great deal of damage to your teeth.
Stop These Habits Now, They Are Destroying Your Teeth
1. Your Teeth Are Not Tools
Stop opening bottles and tearing bags with your teeth. This habit can cause a chunk of a tooth to break off or a tooth to crack. Both of these dental issues could result in the need for extensive dental care. If a tooth cracks, it may need to be bonded or a crown might need to be placed. So, keep your teeth healthy by having scissors and a rubber, non-slip jar gripper lid opener nearby.
2. Chewing Ice
This habit is extremely detrimental to the teeth. It is the combination of the hard surface of the ice and its freezing temperature that wreaks havoc on the teeth. Chewing on ice can crack and/or chip the tooth enamel, causing an increase in sensitivity to temperatures as well as to certain foods. If you are an ice cruncher, try eating carrot sticks instead. Otherwise, you may end up needing a crown or dental bonding to address the damage your teeth have sustained.
3. Brushing Too Aggressively
Some people seem to think that the harder you brush, the better, however, this is not true. Brushing your teeth too hard can lead to just as many problems as not brushing your teeth at all can, especially as we age. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush and/or applying too much pressure tends to irritate the gingival tissue (gum), which can cause this tissue to swell. In addition, this aggressive brushing and use of a hard toothbrush can increase tooth sensitivity. You can solve this problem by switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush and using very little pressure while you brush.
If you have been practicing these habits and notice your teeth are damaged or that you are experiencing sensitivity, contact Korte Family Dentistry today at 402-489-3115 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Allen Korte. If you prefer, you can use the online form to request an appointment: To access this form, please click here.