Bad Dental Habits You Should Quit Immediately

Bad Dental Habits You Should Quit Immediately

When it comes to dentistry, we often hear about how often we should brush, visit our dentist and even what foods we should be avoiding. But what about other habits that can wreak havoc on your smile? Today, Yonge Dentistry located in Toronto, is going to discuss 5 habits you should kick IMMEDIATELY.

Using Hard Bristles

Although it may seem like harder bristles will clean your teeth better, they can actually cause quite a bit of damage to the enamel of your teeth. We recommend only using soft-bristled toothbrushes and always making sure that you also brush gently, this is more than enough to clean your smile without causing any wear-and-tear or damage to those pearly whites.

Using Store-Bought Teeth Whitening

It may seem like the cheapest option, however over-the-counter teeth whitening products are typically a complete waste. Not only are store-bought whitening products designed to only remove exterior staining, they also contain ingredients known to cause tooth sensitivity and even gum irritation/damage. If a whiter smile is a must, try professional teeth whitening, it provides results in just one appointment without the pain and discomfort.

Biting Your Nails

We’ve all heard how bad biting your nails is, but did you know it can affect your teeth and even jaw? The position in which you must hold your jaw/mouth to bite your fingernails actually puts unnecessary pressure on the joints, resulting in discomfort and pain. Biting fingernails can also result in chips, cracks and damage to your teeth.

Chewing on Ice

While ice might be a sugar and calorie free option when it comes to a snack, it could also severely damage your smile. Our teeth were not designed to crush hard objects such as ice and patients often experience chips, cracks and even fractures.

Using Teeth as Tools

Although most animals around the world use their teeth as tools, human teeth were not designed for that purpose. Your teeth should never be used as any type of tool, doing so can result in damaged or even missing teeth.

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Think your bad habits have damaged your smile? Schedule an appointment with Yonge Dentistry today! We are always accepting new patients and look forward to meeting you!