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6 common ways to damage your teeth

Common ways to damage your teeth and why smoking is bad for your teeth

By now, most of us know that forgetting to brush or floss regularly is an invitation to oral health problems.

But those aren’t the only things that can harm your teeth and gums. Consider whether or not you’re guilty of the following – if so, now is the time to put more effort into your oral hygiene..

  1. Binge-eating sweets.Excessive sugar consumption of treats and sweets that are high in sugar can lead to tooth decay due to plaque buildup. Try to keep eating sweets to a minimum. Remember to brush your teeth or rinse with water immediately after consuming a high-in-sugar treat.
  2. Chewing on ice. It’s just water, right? Wrong! Chewing on ice can easily crack and chip teeth, leading to unwanted dental bills that could be easily avoided. If this is common for you, consider replacing the habit with sugarless gum.
  3. Using your teeth as a tool. Whether it’s a fingernail or a package, most of us have been guilty of using our teeth as a tool at some point. However, doing so is a quick way to break or damage your pearly whites. Choose scissors or handheld tools instead, and keep your teeth for chewing. 
  4. Smoking. Cigarettes can lead to a host of oral health problems. We all know about the noticeable yellow stains a smoker develops. But did you know that smoking causes the blood vessels to constrict, reducing blood flow and leading to gum issues? This same narrowing of the blood vessels also reduces the amount of saliva, causing dry mouth and hence causing decay and cavities. And all these more minor issues eventually cause abnormal cell regrowth resulting in oral cancer.
  5. Grinding. Many people grind their teeth at night and don’t even realise it. They wake up with a sore jaw or suffer from headaches and migraines. Even if you don’t know you suffer from bruxism or TMJ dysfunction, one of our dentists will be able to diagnose this if you have regular checkups. Because they can measure the slight differences in tooth wear and gum recession if they see you regularly. 
  6. Skipping routine maintenance. If it’s been a while since your last visit with us, give us a call to book your next appointment. Keeping up with your regularly scheduled hygiene visits is critical for the health and longevity of your teeth.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

More information

For more information on tooth health, read our Dental Check-Ups page.