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5 Bad Habits That Could be Ruining Your Teeth

Did you know that by age 65, 96% of American adults have tooth decay? It’s normally not one big thing that causes tooth decay, but rather the continual practice of small bad habits. 

At Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts, Trent W. Smallwood, DDS, wants to make sure that your teeth are healthy. While it’s important to brush, floss, and maintain regular dental appointments, there are some habits that can damage your teeth over time. In this blog, Dr. Smallwood discusses five of those habits.

1. Chewing ice cubes

You may not think that chewing ice is that bad. Unfortunately, chewing ice can actually break your teeth. This is because enamel, the hard coating that covers your teeth and protects them, is actually a crystal. Ice is a crystal too, and when you put pressure from one crystal to another one, one will end up breaking. Most of the time the ice will break, but if your teeth are weak enough, you can end up breaking them instead.  

2. Eating sugary foods

The bacteria in your mouth feed off of sugar. So if you’re constantly consuming sugary snacks and beverages, then you’re creating an ideal environment for bacteria to thrive in your mouth. The more bacteria you have in your mouth, the greater your risk is for developing cavities and tooth decay. 

3. Brushing too hard

While it’s important to brush your teeth regularly, you can damage them if you brush aggressively. Be sure to use a soft-bristled brush. Furthermore, think of brushing as a massage, not a scrub. Brushing too hard can break down your teeth and damage your gums. 

4. Clenching your jaws

Also called bruxism, clenching your jaws and grinding your teeth can be incredibly damaging, causing wear to both your teeth and gums. Most of the time, people don’t realize they’re clenching, because they’re either doing it in times of stress or while asleep. We can check your teeth to see if you have bruxism. If you do, we can make a night guard that you wear at night to protect your teeth from grinding.

5. Smoking 

Smoking isn’t just bad for your lungs, it can seriously damage your teeth as well. In addition to staining your teeth, smoking tobacco can increase your risk of developing periodontal disease, because tobacco can restrict blood flow to your gums. Other problems that can develop due to smoking include cavities, tooth decay, and oral cancer.      

If you want to learn more about taking care of your teeth or to get great dental care, book an appointment online or over the phone with Centre for Contemporary Dental Concepts today.

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