Opening things with your teeth
Using your teeth as tools can be a quick way to land yourself in the dentist’s chair with cracked teeth. Whether opening bottle tops, or ripping apart tough packaging, by using your mouth you’re at risk of creating fractures and chips in your teeth, which can offer tooth decay an opening to take hold.
Snacking between meals
It’s important to be mindful of your sugar intake for a number of reasons, but what some people might not know is that when you consume sugar is more important that how much you consume. Strange though it may seem, the length of time your teeth are exposed to the harmful acids produced by the bacteria within plaque has a greater impact than the overall level of sugar you eat or drink. This is why dentists recommend limiting sweet treats to mealtimes, reducing the amount of time your mouth is at risk from tooth decay.
Brushing too hard
Although you may feel like scrubbing your teeth with the strongest brush you can find is the best way to keep your teeth clean, you may actually be doing harm to your pearly whites. Using a toothbrush with hard bristles too vigorously can wear away at the enamel on your teeth, making your teeth more vulnerable to decay. A soft-bristled brush is more than adequate at cleaning away the food particles and plaque from your teeth, so long as you brush correctly for the recommended two-minutes morning and evening.
Chewing on your nails can take its toll on your teeth. Not only does the habit put you at risk of transmitting germs and parasites through your mouth, the repeated strain that biting your nails puts on your tooth enamel can cause them to crack or chip. To help kick the habit, try using a clear, bitter-tasting polish to remind you not to bite your nails, and keep your nails as short as possible.
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