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Habits That Can Ruin Your Teeth

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Robert Leale
Habits That Can Ruin Your TeethMany people know the importance of brushing, flossing, and visiting a dentist regularly. However, some are unaware that some habits can destroy their teeth. Unhealthy habits can ruin your oral health and smile, so be sure to take care of your teeth by avoiding these three things:

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can happen to anyone. In most cases, people who grind their teeth are unaware they are doing it. Teeth grinding results from things such as stress, anxiety, and sleep disorder. If you grind your teeth, you are at risk of damaging the enamel, which exposes teeth to decay. In addition, regular teeth grinding can cause symptoms such as headaches and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. Luckily, a dentist can help you fix this bad habit. They may recommend relaxing techniques or a mouth guard to prevent damaging the tooth's structure.


Despite the dangers of smoking tobacco products, many people are still using them. Tobacco contributes to plaque and tartar buildup, putting your teeth at risk of gum disease and tooth decay. It can also cause oral cancer and yellow teeth. The only way to avoid this habit is by quitting smoking. An experienced dentist can work with you to put you on track to quitting this bad habit.

Brushing Too Hard

Regular brushing is vital to keep your gums and teeth healthy. However, many people are not aware of over-brushing. This habit does not make your teeth cleaner. Instead, it destroys the teeth' enamel, making the teeth sensitive and prone to cavities.

Brushing too hard can also cause gum recession, increasing the risk of gum disease. To avoid this habit, you should learn proper brushing techniques. This involves using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing in a circular motion. Also, be sure to change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Call us or visit our office today to learn more about your oral health care needs.

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