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Habits that Damage Teeth

You can take care of your oral and dental health, brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly. But you should be aware of tooth-damaging habits. Everyone knows that eating too much sugary food is a bad habit, but some other habits that damage teeth are not so obvious. There are some harmful situations and habits that are done every day and put oral health at risk.

Habits that Damage Teeth

There are many bad habits and small actions that negatively affect the teeth. Teeth are one of the most important parts of the body, if they are damaged or infected, severe pain or other conditions can develop in connection with this.        

What are the Habits that Damage Teeth?

It is important to pay attention to oral and dental health and get rid of some bad habits. Thetooth-damaging habits that need attention are as follows:         

Brushing Teeth and Gums Too Hard        
Some people may overdo it and brush their teeth too hard. Experts say that using a hard-bristled toothbrush or pressing too hard while brushing can damage the gums and teeth. To prevent this, a soft-bristled toothbrush should be used and teeth should be brushed gently with broad strokes.          

Nail Biting Habit        
Nail biting is one of the most common habits today, and it is one of the most damaging habits for the teeth in the long run. Nail biting can cause a lot of damage to the shape of the teeth and when this starts to affect the teeth, severe toothache can be experienced. Therefore, it is important for dental health to avoid such a bad habit.         

Smoking Cigarettes and Using Tobacco        
Smoking and tobacco use is one of the most harmful habits. Tobacco use has many serious health problems, many of which are life-threatening. Tobacco use also regularly causes gum problems and damages teeth. Therefore, tobacco should be avoided for better health, teeth and smile.          

Chewing Ice        
Chewing ice may seem harmless, but it is a habit that affects the throat as badly as the teeth. There is always the possibility that your teeth and their roots can be damaged by regular chewing of ice. Some people may enjoy chewing ice, but this is a habit that can be detrimental to dental health.         

Clenching or Grinding Teeth        
Teeth clenching and grinding is often a subconscious habit, but it can cause damage to teeth, muscle pain and restricted jaw movement. Experts recommend relaxation exercises and a mouth guard at night to help prevent this harmful habit. It is also important to be aware of when this condition starts and to seek expert advice.          

Wrong Toothpick Usage        
After consuming certain types of food, especially chicken or meat, much of the food residue remains between the teeth. To get rid of this, many people resort to toothpicks. The use of toothpicks or other tools can cause damage or infection of the gums. Experts recommend flossing or a physician-approved dental cleaning tool for such cases.         

Misuse of Teeth        
Teeth are used for food consumption, but some people often use their teeth as a primary tool for several situations. Teeth can be used as a tool in situations such as opening bottles or biting nails. However, these activities are among the habit that can damage the teeth.         

Consuming Too Much Sugary Food and Beverages        
Most people love sugary foods and drinks and sometimes can't stop themselves from eating them. These foods may taste good, but such habits can be very damaging to your teeth. Constant consumption of sugary foods and drinks can damage your teeth, causing gum infection and toothache.          

Not Brushing Teeth Regularly        
Brushing your teeth regularly is one of the most basic actions that leads to better and healthier teeth. Most people brush at least twice a day to keep their teeth shining and healthy. Not brushing your teeth regularly puts the health of your teeth at risk and increases the chances of tooth decay.          

Drinking Coffee        
Too much coffee consumption can cause discoloration and yellowing of the teeth over time. Therefore, excessive coffee consumption can damage the teeth.         

Snacking Often        
Frequent snacking and excessive eating of junk food can lead to tooth decay. Some snacks with high sugar content can damage teeth by negatively affecting oral and dental health in the future.       

What Foods Cause Tooth Decay?

There are some habits that most people do every day that harm oral and dental health. Some of these habits can cause tooth decay. It is important to consume the following foods in moderation and not to consume them too often. The foods to be considered are as follows:         

-   White bread          
-   Snacks         
-   Sweets and chocolates         
-   Some sauces         
-   Nuts         
-   Alcohol          
-   Smoking

Updated Date:03 March 2023Creation Date:04 August 2023