Five Nasty Habits That Wreck Your Teeth
Dr. Chig Amin, Owner and dentist of Epsom Dental Surgery. Dr. Amin shares his advice and tips on how Five Habits That Wreck Your Teeth.
Chewing Ice Cubes
Nothing beats an ice cold drink on a scorching hot day, but when it comes to the last few sips, it is always tempting to chew on those few remaining ice cubes sitting at the bottom of the glass. Together with the cool temperature and the rock solid texture, crushing on ice cubes can chip away at your tooth enamel, causing your teeth to become exposed to sugars and acids. Crunching on ice cubes can even cause your teeth to break or crack.
Instead, suck on the ice cube between your lips and avoid touching it with your teeth. That way, you are at less risk of damaging your teeth
Using Your Teeth As Tools
Whether it is a sugar sachet or a bottle cap, using your teeth as a tool can potentially cause them to crack or chip. Make sure you have bottle openers or scissors handy. The bottom line is that your teeth are there to help you eat and talk, so avoid ripping price tags from new garments or tearing off a piece of cello tape with your teeth
Holding Objects Between Your Teeth
When you are working or writing and you come to a thinking point, avoid putting anything in your mouth. This can be a subconscious habit, but one with potentially harmful consequences. If you feel that you have come to a pause in your work, put down your pen, pencil or glasses to prevent yourself from giving into temptation
Nail Biting And Thumb Sucking
Thumb sucking is more of an issue for children, however it can be a habit that continues into adulthood. Either way, both nail biting and thumb sucking can not only damage your teeth or cause them to misalign; the biggest concern is what these habits can do to your oral hygiene. If you think back to everything you have done over the course of the day, as well as counting the number of times you washed your hands, you might just consider giving up these bad habits.
These habits are hard to break. Nevertheless, they can be broken. If you are a nail biter, make sure and cut your nails short so you don’t feel the urge to chew. Keep your hands busy: play with a bouncy ball or download a game on your phone. Every time you feel the urge to bite or suck, give your hands something to do. Alternatively, if you are an adult thumb sucker, seek therapy or hypnosis
Grinding, also known as bruxism, can wear down your teeth over time and even affect your gums. Bruxism can be triggered emotionally, environmentally or by sleep disorders. It can also cause cracks or chips in your teeth if it goes undiagnosed for a long period of time.
If you grind your teeth when you sleep, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. This will prevent your teeth and gums from becoming worn. Alternatively, if it is anxiety that is causing you to grind, practicing yoga or deep breathing can help you to relieve everyday stress, which in turn can prevent bruxism
Dr. Chig Amin is the principal dentist of the Epsom Dental Centre. Dr. Amin practices gentle dentistry and ensures that all of his patients receive the dental care that best meets their needs.