Are you wrecking your teeth without even know it? As most of you know soda, candy and desserts can harm your teeth, but do you know what other habits may be taking a toll on your teeth and gums? You may be unaware that some of your habits can damage your teeth over time. The following is a list of bad habits and why they’re harmful:
Ice crunching. After drinking your refreshingly cold beverage, you may like too munch on the ice, but the cold temperature and brittleness of the ice cubes can actually fracture a tooth. Biting into ice cubes can cause microscopic cracks in your tooth enamel.
Teeth as tools. Many people use their teeth for tasks, like to tear open food packages or just biting their nails. These sorts of tasks can lead to a weakened edge of your tooth, which can eventually crack or chip.
Grinding and clenching. People grind their teeth for multiple reasons, including stress, anxiety or even because of an abnormal bite or crooked tooth. When you grind or even clench your teeth it can cause microfractures or actual fractures in your teeth. If your grind or clench your teeth, your dentist may recommend that you wear a mouth guard at night.
Thumb sucking. Children that still are sucking their thumbs when their adult teeth start coming in could cause permanent changes to their tooth and jaw structure. Thumb sucking can cause misaligned teeth, which could cause further issues like trouble chewing.
To find out more about bad habits that could be affecting your teeth, contact Advanced Dental Group in West Palm Beach, FL at (561) 220-4808 to schedule a consultation today! Or visit our website at www.advanceddentalgrp.com for information.