Our teeth may seem tough, although it is important to remember that they are not indestructible. We have compiled a list of many common dental habits that are damaging to our teeth.
- Multitasking While Brushing: It may be tempting to multitask while brushing your teeth, although this may cause inadequately cleaned teeth, which isn’t great for our dental health.
- Ignoring Teeth Grinding: You may have noticed waking up with a sore jaw in the morning, or had a partner mention that you grind your teeth in your sleep. Perhaps your Dentist has even mentioned this to you in the past. Ignoring this issue can wear your teeth down, make them shorter in appearance and weakened in health. Teeth grinding may even cause cracks in your teeth. Many of these side effects can become costly to restore in the future, so it is better to prevent these issues as soon as possible.
- Brushing Techniques: Many people make the mistake of thinking that brushing harder means brushing better. This may actually cause more harm than good and lead to enamel wearing away, especially if in conjunction with teeth grinding. It is generally recommended to use a soft bristled toothbrush, for two minutes, twice per day. It is also important to ensure all tooth surfaces are cleaned, including the gumline and behind the teeth (on the tongue side) which are commonly missed areas. Circular motions are most effective when brushing, and many Dentists recommend the use of an electric toothbrush, as they make the job a lot easier.
- Choice of Drinks: We know that our diet plays a great role in the health of our teeth. One of the most common dietary issues lies within what we drink. Beverages that are high in sugars and acids may be damaging to our teeth, causing weakened enamel, erosion and decay.
- Skipping Dental Appointments: Ensuring you attend your regular 6-monthly dental appointments will help you pick up any possible issues early, meaning you may avoid extensive and costly treatment in the long run.