Guaranteed Ways to Damage Your Teeth

  • You can avoid worsening normal wear and tear of your teeth. While you can’t avoid regular wear and tear, you’ll be happy to know that nobody on this entire planet can claim to have naturally and entirely pristine and spotless teeth. Our teeth experience wear and tear every time we speak! Imagine how much pressure biting and chewing puts on teeth. They are designed to withstand natural wear and tear and when you regularly brush and floss them, as well as follow a healthy diet, natural adult teeth can tolerate this wear and tear and live as long as you do. But they need help along the journey. We talk, bite, chew, swallow, and clench our teeth all day along. They encounter icy to tongue burning temperatures. Luckily, many of the most common dental bad habits are relatively easy to get rid of:
  •        Chewing Ice: Lots of people like chewing ice, but the problem with that is they are too hard for your teeth to handle, especially if you have a habit of doing it.
  •        Sports without a Mouth Guard: If you play a sport that has any form of contact with other people, you need a mouth guard. They are cheap and comfortable and remember, once you lose a tooth, it’s lost forever.
  •        Giving Babies a Bottle in Bed: It’s common for parents to leave their babies with a bottle to drink at night. Usually, it’s to help calm them, but milk has sugar and the constant exposure to these sugars with have them not only craving it, but also give the plaque on their teeth the perfect ingredient to grow.
  •        Piercing your tongue: Tongue rings and lip piercings are pretty cool looking, but dentists hate them. Mainly because they know how bad they are for oral health. Lip rings can push teeth out of alignment and there are thousands of cases a year of gum disease worsened
  •        Persistently Grinding Your Teeth: This is a really common habit and can be hard to beat since it usually occurs as a subconscious tic or compulsion. For many, it only happens during sleep, which makes it even trickier to beat. Tooth grinding, known as bruxism, wears down the enamel on teeth, which makes them weak and more likely to crack and fracture.
  •        Cough Drops/Lozenges: Cough drops are essentially sugar-filled candies, but they are often marketed as healthy because they are sold in pharmacies and drugstores. They are effective at soothing sore throats, but if you are going to eat them, brush your teeth afterwards.
  •        Sipping on Sugary Drinks: This one is sort of obvious: these carbonated drinks are full of sugar and are awful for teeth. On average, a can of soda has around eleven teaspoons of sugar and diet versions are just as bad. They contain chemical sweeteners. If it is hard to quit soda, try limiting the drink to meals and brush your teeth at least 30 minutes after eating.
  • Opening Things with Your Mouth: It is so easy to end up with a chipped or cracked tooth if you do this all the time. It may be the easiest choice, but you’ll regret if it ever leads to a big dental problem. Your teeth are made for chewing and biting food. Resist the temptation to put pointless pressure on them.
  • Sports Drinks: A cold sports drinks is amazing after a good workout. Unfortunately, these types of drinks are typically high in sugar and similarly to soda and candy, this sugary drink creates an acid attack on your enamel. regularly drinking them can lead to decay over time and it’s better to stick with water to stay hydrated.
  • Fruit Juices: Fruit juice is full of vitamins and antioxidants, but most juices have a lot of sugar – some even have as much sugar per serving as soda. Fruits are naturally sweet, so juice with no added sugar is best besides just eating the fruit. Diluting the juice with some water is also a good choice.
  • Snacking on Potato Chips: The bacteria in plaque break down starchy foods into acid, which can attack your teeth for the next 20 minutes. The attack can last even longer if there is any food stuck between your teeth and if you are a chronic snacker. Potato chips are delicious, so if you are going to indulge, try flossing after eating them and any other starchy foods known for sticking to teeth.
  • Snacking all day: Snacking produces a smaller amount of saliva compared to eating a full meal. When you snack, you are more likely to leave food bits in your teeth for hours! Try to avoid snacking too often and stick to snacks like carrot sticks, which are low in sugar and starch.
  • Drinking A Lot of Coffee: A survey from the Nation Coffee Association found that 64% of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day. While coffee is delicious, it is also a dark color and the acidity from the drink can cause your teeth to yellow over time. Luckily, you can easily treat your teeth with a variety of whitening methods. Be sure to get advice from your dentist if you’re concerned about discoloration.
  • Smoking Cigarettes: Cigarettes and other tobacco products are well known for staining teeth. Tobacco products can also cause gum disease, which may cause your teeth to decay and fall out. Tobacco is also a cause of cancer in the mouth, lips, and tongue. If you are a smoker, the health of your smile cause is one more reason to quit.

Drinking Wine Frequently: The acids in wine, like in soda, can eat away at tooth enamel, which creates rough spots and teeth more susceptible to staining. Red wine contains deep pigments known as chromogen and tannins. The combination of the acid and deep pigment makes it easy for the wine’s red color to stick around. Also, you may think drinking white wine instead of red may spare your teeth, but white wine also has acids that weaken the enamel. It leaves your teeth porous and defenseless to staining drinks like coffee and soda. Trying swishing water around your mouth or use a toothpaste with a mild whitening agent to fight the effects of staining from red and white wines.