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Are you causing damage to your teeth without even knowing?

Here are some common habits that could be damaging your teeth.

1. Brushing too often or too Vigorously

Too frequent brushing can wear away your tooth enamel, leaving your teeth more vulnerable to decay the same as brushing them too hard. Try stick to brushing morning and night with a soft bristle brush and replace the brush when the bristles start to fray.

2. Smoking

Quitting Smoking is mentioned a lot when it comes to having healthy lungs, but did you know it can have a real negative effect on your oral health too? The nicotine in cigarettes causes staining to your teeth and it also increases your chances of gum disease, which happens due to reduced blood flow in the gums. Smoking can also increase your risk of developing oral cancer.

3. Using your teeth as tools

Your teeth are uniquely designed for biting and chewing your food and that’s it. Using them to bite your nails, open food packets, open bottles, or anything there not intended for can weaken, crack, chip, or break them.

4. Grinding or clenching

In times of high stress or during the night while sleeping it is common for people to grind their teeth or clench their teeth together without even realising, they’re doing it. If you wake up in the morning with soreness in the jaw or are experiencing headaches it’s a good idea to visit your dentist and have a bite guard made to take the stress of your teeth as continuous grinding or clenching can cause major damage to your teeth.

5. Thumb sucking

Although it can be soothing to young ones thumb sucking can cause major misalignment of the teeth or an overbite. This can cause big changes to facial appearance, difficulty keeping your teeth clean, as well as jaw and muscle issues that require pricey orthodontic treatment to correct.

6. Drinking lemon water or fruit juices

A glass of lemon water in the morning or water with ACV is said to detox your body. But this drunken on an empty stomach is not good for your teeth as it causes erosion-dissolving enzymes that hurt the enamel of your teeth. So if you have this habit, you should have a neutral food or drink afterward – such as a glass of plain water or a sip of milk to neutralize the acid in your mouth.

Similarly, be mindful when you have a glass of fruit juice or beer, always have a neutral food along with it to help combat the acidic nature of these drinks.

7. Incorrect way of flossing

Flossing should be done twice a day but if done incorrectly, you may be causing more harm to your gums. So get your dentist or hygienist to show you the correct way of flossing.

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