Our teeth are way tougher than some mixed martial arts fighter. Still, there are plenty of things we do to our teeth that test even their strength. Dr. Smith isn’t looking right at you, although just about everyone does at least one or two of these things. Still it’s in the best interest of you, and your teeth, to give these habits the rest of your life off.
Bad habits that are killing your teeth
- Chewing ice — Men love to chew ice. It may be sugar-free, but ice is far from harmless. Chewing it can chip or crack your teeth. It also irritates the soft tissue inside the tooth, causing toothaches.
- Grinding your teeth — Life can be a grind, and that often shows itself in nighttime bruxism, teeth grinding. Everyone knows grinding your teeth is bad for them: do it long enough and they will literally grind down. Most people who grind don’t realize they do it, unless they awake with very sore jaws. But Dr. Smith can see the signs and get you into a mouthguard to wear at night.
- Bottle in the crib — Putting a bottle in your baby’s crib to help him or her fall asleep is a bad idea. Plus, let’s be honest, it’s lazy parenting. He or she may fall asleep with the bottle in their mouth, bathing the teeth in sugars overnight.
- Sodas — Everyone knows sodas are something we should cut down on. It’s obvious the sugars can lead to dental decay, but they also contain phosphoric and citric acids. These are corrosives that eat away at the enamel protecting your teeth.
- Your teeth, the opener — Guys usually have that certain friend who opens bottles with his teeth. Leave that trick to him, not you — you can chip or crack your teeth very easily.
- Fruit juice — Look for fruit juices that are 100% juice. Otherwise, there is often as much sugar in it as in soda. Plus, in certain juices, the acidity is pretty high
- Constant snacking — When you eat a regular meal, your mouth produces more saliva and that helps eliminate and break down residual particles. But when you snack for brief periods, you don’t produce saliva in the same way. The lack of saliva when you eat a snack means that food bits can stay in your teeth for hours. If you need a snack, opt for something low in sugar and starch, like carrots.
- Cigarette smoking — Cigarettes stain your teeth and lead to gum disease. As if that weren’t enough, tobacco also leads to cancer of the mouth, lips, and tongue.
It is time for your next checkup, maybe to deal with the consequences of one of these habits? Call Dr. Smith to make your appointment, and let’s check out your mouth.