Bad Habits That Can Damage Oral Health

Bad Habits That Can Damage Oral Health

Posted by Bray Family Dental on Nov 19 2022, 01:31 AM

Good oral health can protect a person from a multitude of dental problems. However, in some cases, a person may suffer from dental problems due to their own actions or behaviors. Listed below are some common habits that can cause damage to a person’s oral health:

  • Smoking

Nicotine and tar in tobacco can stain your teeth and cause gum disease. If you’re looking for help quitting cigarettes, talk to your oral healthcare provider for resources. Cigarette smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to lose their teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or oral cancer. These oral health issues often cause people to be self-conscious about their smiles, especially as they age. Studies have even shown that losing your teeth in your later years can lead to a decline in overall physical health because missing teeth can impact your ability to eat and speak properly.

Continuing to smoke increases your risk of tooth loss and health problems, as well as damaging the appearance and health of your smile. Quitting can improve your dental health as well as your general health and quality of life. Talk to your dentist about how to quit smoking and what treatment options may be right for you.

  • Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, or bruxism is an oral habit that can wear down your teeth and lead to serious oral health problems. The condition affects around 10% of Americans and occurs most often in individuals who are stressed or sleep-deprived. If you grind your teeth at night, you may be damaging the structure of your smile without even knowing it. Your dentist will be able to track any signs of bruxism through regular checkups and exams and will suggest treatment options to restore your oral health if it’s been adversely affected by nighttime teeth-grinding habits.

If you’ve noticed any symptoms of tooth grinding, you should talk to your dentist as soon as possible to avoid more serious complications in the future. 

  • Chewing Ice

Ice is a surprising culprit when it comes to oral health problems! Many people chew on ice without even realizing it. Not only is it bad for your teeth, but it can cause other problems as well. Some problems associated with chewing on ice include cracked teeth and broken crowns or fillings. Ice also wears down tooth enamel and can cause sensitivity. If you have a crown or other restoration on your tooth, chewing on it could cause it to come off. And if you have veneers on one or more of your teeth, they could potentially crack if you chew on ice. So, it’s best to avoid chewing on ice.

  • Nail Biting

It’s a common habit for a number of people, but habitual nail biting can cause damage. Nail biting can lead to chipped teeth and even tooth loss if not corrected early on. Your best bet is to address the issue before it becomes severe enough that you need restorative dentistry treatments.

Some people may also clench their teeth when they do it, and that can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ causes jaw pain and can even impact the way the face looks over time. Talk to your dentist about the potential damage that can come from your habits so you can start making improvements right away.

  • Using Teeth As Tools

Our teeth aren’t meant for prying apart stubborn lids or pulling open tough packaging. It’s never a good idea to use your teeth to pry open a package, crack nuts, or tear tags off of clothing. Using your teeth as a tool can cause damage to your teeth and irritate the soft tissue in your mouth. Using your teeth for these purposes could damage the tooth and make it prone to infection.

  • Aggressive Brushing

Don’t be too hard on your teeth! Brushing too vigorously can wear down the enamel of your teeth and cause sensitivity. It can also cause your gums to wear away over time. Try a soft-bristled toothbrush and stick to gentle strokes to avoid damaging your teeth and gums.

Bray Family Dental, situated in Salt Lake City, UT, is equipped with modern technologies and expert dentists who provide the best services to patients. Call (801) 943-9090 and schedule an appointment with the dentist to learn more about maintaining your oral health. 

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