Habits That Wreck Your Teeth

Dr. Marianna Farber offers a range of cosmetic and restorative procedures at Contemporary & Esthetic Dentistry to rejuvenate the appearance and the function of her patients’ smiles. She also spends time educating her patients on best practices when it comes to at-home dental care.

Many of us have a habit or two that may seem harmless but, in reality, place our teeth at risk for damage or decay. Some habits, such as teeth grinding, place undue strain on the structure of the teeth and can also compromise the longevity of cosmetic treatments including porcelain veneers. Not all of these dangerous habits may be obvious though. Additional habits that can negatively affect your dental health may include:

  • Sipping sugary sweet or acidic beverages such as soda
  • Chewing on ice
  • Using the teeth as a tool to open or pull
  • Sucking your thumb
  • Biting your nails
  • Holding pens, pencils, or the arm of your eyeglasses in your teeth

In addition, some patients may actually be causing harm with their brushing habits. According to Dr. Farber, adults should use a soft-bristled toothbrush (not hard-bristled) to protect the tooth roots, sensitive teeth, and gum tissue. Brushing twice daily, making sure you thoroughly clean the teeth with flossing and rinsing, and changing your toothbrush every three or four months can go a long way toward protecting your smile. For more information on how to best care for your teeth, please contact us today.

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