No one tries to intentionally destroy their teeth, but many times it slowly happens just from daily habits. Sometimes even the seemingly most harmless actions could be damaging your teeth in the long run and you may not even know it until you go to your next dental preventative care appointment. Here are six seemingly harmless ways you could be wrecking your teeth every day.
- Brushing Immediately After Meals
When you eat acidic foods, you need to make sure you rinse your mouth out before brushing. Brushing your teeth immediately after eating will weaken the enamel over time. Swish some water or mouthwash around and then brush about an hour after you eat.
- Chewing on Ice
People chew ice all the time, but there’s always the possibility of a tooth chipping or breaking in the process. The worst-case scenario is damaging the soft tissue and having constant toothaches as a result.
- Using Teeth as Tools
Any preventative dentistry office you go to will say to never use your teeth as tools. When you need to open something, use a knife, scissors or other tools instead. Even something as simple as opening a bag of chips with your teeth could cause big problems.
- Not Using a Mouthguard While Playing Sports
This point is pretty obvious, but you should protect your teeth while playing sports. A ball or another player could accidentally hit your mouth and knock out a tooth or break it. Use a mouthguard even if you just play sports for fun.
- Eating Gummy Candy
Your dental preventative care professional hates seeing people eating gummy candy. It seems harmless, but the sugar from the candy is likely to stick to your teeth for a while after eating them. If you must eat gummies, eat some other food to go with them in hopes of picking up some of the candy stuck on your teeth.
- Lifting Weights
Lifting weights is great for your health, but you usually don’t realize how much you clench your teeth during the process. This is where using a mouthpiece comes in as well.
For more ways you may be damaging your teeth, or to speak with a preventative dental care professional, feel free to contact us at any time.