When it comes to your oral health, you might have some bad habits that are actually harming your teeth. That's why it's so important to break these habits to prevent damage from occurring. Here are three bad habits you may currently be doing that could result in a need for dentistry services.
Chewing on Ice
You may love the sensation of chewing on ice cubes leftover after drinking a beverage. Unfortunately, this can cause some serious dental issues. Ice cubes are very hard, and you can damage a tooth by chipping off a small piece of it. Chewing on ice also puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on the teeth and, if done frequently enough, can cause them to wear down the protective layer of enamel on them. Your teeth were never meant to chew on ice, so try to stop yourself from doing it.
One easy trick is to chill your beverages in the refrigerator so that you don't need ice. You could also put beverages in a travel cup and drink out of a straw, which stops you from opening the lid and having easy access to the ice.
Brushing Teeth Too Hard
You can actually damage your teeth when you are brushing, since putting too much pressure on them can cause damage to your tooth enamel. This is caused by the bristles scratching the surface because you think your teeth need a hard scrubbing. Hard brushing can also put pressure on your gums, cause bleeding, and lead to receding gums and sensitivity.
Try switching to a toothbrush that has soft bristles, and brush slowly and take your time. Rushing through your regular brushing sessions often causes people to use excessive force.
The acidic nature of soda can lead to wearing down tooth enamel, which is what makes it easier for your teeth to form cavities in them. This is not just limited to sodas with sugar in them, since diet sodas can have the same effect. This is due to acid sitting on the teeth all day after drinking the soda, and it causes the enamel to become soft.
Drinking more water is always good for you. If you can't break the habit, try rinsing out your mouth with water after sipping on soda. You can also use a straw so that the soda doesn't wash over your teeth.
These are just a few habits that could be causing harm to your teeth. Talk to your dentist to know what other habits you should change.