Your teeth, gums and jaw, are more sensitive than you think. Many people have poor dental habits, and these mistakes can lead to problems in the future. If you would like to keep your dental health in check and avoid developing bad habits, read on.
Poor Dental Care Habits
Don’t brush too hard
Brushing your teeth, of course, is critical, and without it, your oral hygiene would suffer. However, the way in which you brush your teeth is very important. You need to be gentle and efficient at the same time – brushing up and down rather from side to side, and using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Change your toothbrush every few months to avoid using bristles that are too hard for your teeth. Brushing your teeth too roughly can lead to various dental problems including sensitivity to cold, the wearing down of enamel, and even cavities.
Jaw clenching and grinding
This awful habit puts a lot of pressure on your teeth. Jaw clenching and grinding is usually caused by stress, and can occur during the night when most people don’t even realize they are doing it. If you sometimes wake up with a sore jaw, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep.
This bad habit can lead to some problems including micro fractures and actual fractures. These fractures weaken your teeth and make them susceptible to more problems in the future. It can also damage current dental work including dentures, fillings, and teeth alignment correction.
The best way to avoid teeth grinding is to wear a mouth guard at night. This keeps your teeth separate from each other and will protect your dental health. If you clench your jaw from stress, the best thing you can do to stop yourself is to be aware of this bad habit.
Nail biting is a bad habit that plenty of people have, and it is something that is very hard to stop. Nail biting is known for the bad appearance it gives to the hands, but it can also damage your teeth. Believe it or not, this bad habit that doesn’t seem to have a huge affect on your teeth can move them out of place, affect your oral hygiene, and cause tooth enamel to splinter. If you are a regular nail biter, you should stop right away for the sake of both your hands and teeth.
Don’t use your teeth as a tool
Out of convenience, many people use their teeth to rip open packages, tear tape off the roll, and even unscrew bottle caps! However, this can be very damaging to your teeth. Teeth are not tools and should not be used as bottle openers or scissors.
Hopefully, you can eliminate some if not all, of these bad habits. Avoiding them will lead to better dental health in the future.