Everyday habits that could be wreaking havoc on your mouth.
Did you know you could be harming your teeth without even intending to? Ordinary daily habits that seem harmless may actually be damaging your teeth. Here are 4 habits that are the worst offenders and how to avoid them.
Don’t use your teeth as a tool
Everyone is guilty of at one time or another using our teeth to pry open a package or tear a tag off, but for the health of our teeth that has to stop. Instead, use a real tool, like scissors, or invest in a small multipurpose tool and keep it handy so you are always prepared.
Don’t bite your nails
Biting your nails is unsanitary and puts you at a greater risk of developing an illness, not to mention also permanently damaging the nail. Additionally, just like utilizing your teeth as a tool, it too can damage your teeth. Kick the habit by treating yourself to bi-monthly manicures.
Don’t chew ice
While it is something that you may do unconsciously, chewing ice puts a great deal of excessive pressure on your teeth. If you must chew something, try popping a stick of sugar-free gum in your mouth. And if you have a constant urge, talk to your doctor. Studies have shown people with iron deficiency anemia are more likely to chew ice.
Don’t use toothpicks inappropriately
Overly aggressive and repeated use of toothpicks can damage your gums and teeth. If you do have an irritating piece of food stuck in your teeth, dentists agree that it is okay to use toothpicks gently and carefully, but brushing and flossing are better for your gums and teeth.
If you are suffering from swollen or painful gums and teeth, contact the experts at LaBell Dentistry to ask about treatment options.
Caring for your gums and teeth is important. Make sure to properly brush and floss everyday and visit LaBell Dentistry for regular cleanings and checkups. Dr. Terry LaBell can help you decide if dental implants make sense for you. Call the office at 877-402-1246 or use the online contact form to schedule a consultation today.