Most of the time we never think about our regular habits. That’s exactly why they’re called habits in the first place! We do them unconsciously as we go about our daily lives. However, some of them can contribute negatively to your teeth if you aren’t careful. To keep your teeth in healthy condition, your dentist in North Dallas wanted to mention a few of these habits and include ways to manage them better in the future.
Using Your Teeth as a Tool
Trying to open that package in the mail or that beer bottle may seem easy and resourceful with your teeth, but that will end soon once you do it enough. Teeth are not meant to come into contact with inedible objects. Furthermore, chewing on things like pen caps or your fingernails can wear down your tooth’s enamel.
To save your enamel, keep a multi-tool around to solve common tasks throughout your day. When replacing your nervous habit, try coming up with one that promotes oral health such as drinking water or chewing sugarless gum throughout the day instead.
How Oral Piercings Can Damage Teeth
As mentioned before, inedible objects will do irreparable damage to your teeth. This means knocking your tongue and lip piercings against your teeth throughout the day can increase the chances of your teeth cracking or chipping.
If you want to make changes to your appearance, opt for a piercing further away from the mouth to keep your tooth structure intact. It will also make food easier to chew and reduce food debris that can easily get caught in the pockets around your piercing.
The Foods That Do the Most Damage
When it comes to food, crunchy, hard, or otherwise tough foods can really do a number on our teeth. While some crunchy foods are great for your oral health, you’ll need to watch out for ones that are high in sugar or carry the chance of damaging your teeth. For example, popcorn always has leftover kernels floating around, so the next time you grab a handful of popcorn, make sure a stray one doesn’t get lost in your mouth.
Additionally, ice can chip your teeth if chewed often enough. These ice chips can chip your teeth right back if you bite down at the wrong angle, so opt for sucking on ice and letting it slide down your throat instead. Try incorporating crunchy foods that promote oral health into your diet, such as carrots, apples, and celery. These will promote saliva production and work better at washing plaque off teeth.
Not Wearing Proper Protection in Sports
If you participate in high-impact sport like football or highly aerobic, fast-paced sports like basketball, you’ll want to consider a mouthguard while participating. This is especially true if you’re a younger individual who needs to take care of their oral development.
Instead of a bulky, uncomfortable, over-the-counter mouthguard, opt for a custom-made athletic mouthguard from your dentist in North Dallas. Schedule an appointment with them today so they can help you protect your teeth and offer more advice on fixing poor habits!
About the Author
Dr. John A. Grinaldi has been delivering quality dental care to his patients for over 20 years. After earning his DDS from Ohio State University, he went on to earn Fellow status from the Academy of General Dentistry. To learn more about his practice and custom mouthguards, contact him at (972) 437-4746 or visit his website.