Your oral health isn’t just dependent on your brushing and flossing habits. There is more than can affect it. Take note of these bad habits that may be harming your teeth or mouth. You could avoid future oral health problems by cutting out a few of these!
1.Biting Your Nails
Biting your nails is a common nervous habit, but it can chip teeth and create jaw dysfunction. Do what you can to avoid biting your nails. Whether you need to reduce stress or develop other coping mechanisms, biting your nails is not a useful outlet.
2. Using Your Teeth to Open Something
It can be tempting to use your teeth as a tool, but it can also be harmful. When teeth are used in place of scissors, you can at risk for cracking a tooth or injuring your jaw.
3. Clenching Your Jaw
Jaw clenching can happen when you’re asleep or you may be unconsciously doing it when you’re awake. This can lead to muscles tenderness and joint pain over time. Doing relaxation exercises can help with this. You can also be more aware of when you are clenching your jaw and make an effort to avoid it.
4. Snacking Too Much
Snack foods often include foods that are not good for your teeth. Foods like chips, popcorn, crackers, and sugary, chewy foods, can easily get caught in your teeth and put you’re a higher risk for tooth decay. Cavities are often caused by leftover food that is caught in your teeth. To avoid this, eat balanced meals that will leave you feeling fuller, longer. If you do choose to snack, snack on foods that are better for your oral health than typical snack foods.
5. Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard or Too Often
Brushing your teeth twice a day for approximately two minutes is an extremely healthy and important habit for your oral health. However, when taken to the extreme, brush too much or too hard can actually damage teeth and irritate gums.
6. Chewing on Ice Cubes
Chewing on ice cubes can break down the enamel that is protecting your teeth and leave them vulnerable to decay. It can also chip a tooth or break a filling. Drinking chilled beverages without ice is a good way to avoid chewing it or drinking out of a straw.
7. Grinding Your Teeth
Teeth grinding is most common in your sleep. Grinding your teeth can lead to chipped or cracked teeth or muscle tenderness. This can be avoided in a few ways. Wearing a mouth guard when you sleep can help you avoid grinding when your unconscious. Consciously finding other ways to deal with stress may also help.
8. Tongue or Lip Piercings
Having pieces of metal in your mouth is risky. It can easily get infected. You can accidentally bite down on it and chip or crack a tooth. Metal rubbing against your gums can cause damages. There are many risks that go along with it.