You schedule regular checkups and cleanings to keep your mouth healthy. But it turns out that some of your daily habits could be harming your smile.
Here are four bad dental habits worth breaking — and new ways to protect your teeth and gums:
- Brushing too hard: One of the best things you can do for your smile is to brush regularly. Just make sure that you’re using the right pressure. Brushing hard may feel like you’re getting a better clean, but it can damage your teeth and aggravate your gums. Think about rubbing, not scrubbing to make sure you’ve got it right.
- Clenching and grinding: Grinding your teeth at night can wear them down. Talk to our dentists about getting a custom mouth guard to wear while you sleep. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, managing your stress can go a long way to reduce these behaviors. You can also try placing the tip of your tongue between your front teeth.
- Chewing on pencils, ice, or fingernails: While it may feel satisfying, munching on hard objects is no good for your smile. Resist the urge to bite things like ice and pencils because they can chip or crack your teeth. And say no to nail-biting, a nervous habit that can contribute to jaw dysfunction. Play with a fidget toy or chew sugarless gum instead.
- Using your teeth as tools: Your teeth aren’t meant to open packages or hold things when your hands are busy. You could chip or crack them by using them that way. If you have restorations such as veneers or crowns, you risk damaging those, too. Take the time to find scissors, a bottle opener, or whatever tool you truly need for the job.
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Call 720-513-3452 to schedule your complimentary consultation. Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center serves Aurora, Denver, Centennial, and the surrounding areas of Colorado.