Posted December 30, 2017.

We all know that some great dental habits include brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and going to the dentist regularly. However, there are some bad dental habits that you may be unaware of that should be avoided.

Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

Using a toothbrush with hard bristles or scrubbing your teeth can harm the enamel. To avoid this problem, make sure that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also, take care not to scrub your teeth.

Grinding & Clenching Your Teeth

Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause chips or cracks in the teeth. This can also cause muscle or joint discomfort in the jaw. Relaxation exercises can help prevent grinding and clenching teeth.

Eating Ice Cubes

Chewing ice can cause a tooth or a filling to crack or fracture. To avoid temptation, drink beverages without ice or use a straw.

Snacking Constantly

Eating snacks all day, especially when the snack is sugary, can put you at a higher risk of tooth decay. To avoid this, eat more balanced meals that will leave you feeling fuller longer. If you do still snack, choose something that’s low in sugar.

Using Teeth as Tools

Using your teeth as scissors or another tool can potentially crack or break a tooth. Make sure to find something to give you a hand instead of using your teeth as they shouldn’t be used. Your teeth were meant for eating and speaking, not to be used as scissors.

We invite you to contact EccoDental today at 626-771-0064 to learn more about dental health in Glendora, California, and to schedule a visit with Dr. German G. Jaquez.