You brush and floss your teeth religiously, and make sure to go to your Tucson dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and comprehensive examination. Even if you think you’re taking great care of your oral health, it’s possible that you have a few habits that are doing you more harm than good. You only get one set of teeth, so it’s important that you take good care of them so they can last you a lifetime. Read on to find out if you might be harming your teeth with bad dental habits.
Chewing On Ice
After you finish a frosty beverage, do you like to crunch down on the ice that’s leftover in your glass? This might seem like a harmless thing to do, but the cold, brittle ice cubes can potentially cause small cracks in your enamel. These small cracks can get worse over time and lead to serious dental issues. If you simply can’t give up chewing on ice, try switching to crushed ice, or let the cubes melt instead of crunching on them.
Sipping On Soda
You probably know that sugary drinks such as sodas, sports drinks, and fruit juices can add extra calories to your diet. Constant sipping of these beverages can also wreak havoc on your oral health, as they bathe your teeth in sugars and acids that are the perfect fuels for tooth decay. If you need to have a drink with you at all times, switch to sparkling or still water to save your teeth from excess sugar.
Grinding Your Teeth
If you ever wake up in the morning with a stiff, sore jaw or a headache, it’s possible that you are grinding your teeth at night. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can be caused by stress, anxiety, or an abnormal bite. Talk to your dentist to find out about getting fitted for a mouth guard you can wear at night to prevent tooth damage.
Dr. Robert C. Brei, DDS offers an array of cosmetic and general dentistry services to patients of all ages across the Tucson area. Call our office at (520) 325-9000 to schedule your next dental visit. Our team of dental professionals is dedicated to providing you and your family with top-notch dental care.