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10/12/12

Top Three Habits That Damage Teeth

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We all have unhealthy habits when it comes to our mouths. Nail biting, drinking too much soda and thumb sucking can be harmful to teeth but did you know that chewing on ice and brushing too hard can also be damaging? Here are four other habits that may be destructive to your teeth and especially your children’s teeth.

Chewing on Ice

I know several people who are addicted to ice, just constantly chewing on it. While I may not understand why they enjoy chewing on ice so much, I do know that it can cause some serious damage to your teeth.

As humans, our teeth are not meant to crush things, especially children’s teeth. Chewing on ice can cause fracture lines, chips and cracks in your teeth. Chewing ice also wears down on your enamel, which can lead to an increase in cavities. While your teeth may be stronger they’re still prone to damage, and your children’s teeth may fall out, it’s best nip these bad habits in the bud.

Teeth are not Tools

You know you’ve done it before, used your teeth as a tool. You tear tape, you open bottles, tear bags of candy open. We’re all guilty of these habits, and they’re horrible for your teeth. No one really knows how we develop these habits, but as parents it’s best to stop using your teeth to pry things open so your kids won’t develop the same habits.

Using your teeth for anything other than chewing could mean extensive dental damage. Eliminate these damaging habits before your children pick them up.

Brushing Too Hard

Believe it or not you can brush too hard. Adults tend to brush their teeth too hard when they’re in a hurry, while children may brush too hard while they’re still learning proper brushing skills.

Brushing your teeth too vigorously can wear down the enamel or irritate your gums. Teach your kids to take their time brushing and to used a toothbrush with soft bristles.

Be sure to read our post on the Top 3 Foods That Cause Cavities to learn how what you eat affects your teeth.

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