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Do You Have Any of These Habits that Harm the Teeth?

Posted on 6/21/2021 by SRD Muscle Shoals
Do You Have Any of These Habits that Harm the Teeth?If you want to realize better results during your dental visits, you need to be aware about what you may be doing to harm your teeth. The following information will give you further insights about the habits that can damage the teeth.

Brushing Too Vigorously and With the Wrong Toothbrush

Some dental patients believe that, if they use more force when they brush, they are doing a better job of cleaning. However, they are doing more than cleaning off plaque and food residue. They are also harming the enamel. Plus, they may be compounding the problem by using the wrong toothbrush. A firm or medium toothbrush can erode the enamel on the teeth, so don't use this type of toothbrush for tooth cleaning. Instead, choose a soft or extra soft toothbrush approved by the ADA. Also, it is important to remember. You can still harm the teeth if you brush to hard with a soft toothbrush, so maintain a regular pressure when using a manual brush. If necessary, you may need to switch to an electric toothbrush to make sure you are brushing right.

Eating the Wrong Foods and Drinks

You can harm the teeth too if you choose the wrong foods and drinks. Foods that are not tooth-friendly include processed foods (with refined sugar), sugary treats, acidic foods and beverages (citrus and juices). To ensure the health of your teeth and gums, choose foods, such as fresh fruits and veggies, dairy products, and grains (skip the breads made with refined flour).

Chewing Ice or Hard Candies

To avoid problems with loose fillings or cracks in the teeth, do not chew on ice or hard candies. Doing so can lead to some serious dental issues. While the enamel on the teeth is the strongest and hardest substance in the body, it cannot stand up, over time, to those types of abuses.

Protect your teeth and gums, as well, by scheduling regular dental visits. Give us a call today to arrange an appointment for a dental exam and consultation.
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