4 Things That Can Ruin Your Teeth
Your teeth are designed to chew food for your body to digest. Unfortunately, too often, teeth are used for other things that can be a detriment your oral health. Here are four common things that can harm your teeth:
1. Grinding your teeth
Teeth grinding wears teeth down changing the shape and compromising your bite. Teeth that do not align correctly cause further issues including TMJ symptoms.
The damage to the enamel opens the door for decay to begin causing teeth to eventually break and develop cavities. Some patients have even discovered a broken or cracked tooth in the morning due to grinding teeth at night.
2. Not brushing or flossing daily
Daily brushing and flossing are imperative in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Brushing removes food particles and plaque from the enamel surface and your gum line. Failure to brush your teeth daily will result in plaque buildup and set the stage for cavities or gum disease to develop.
Flossing removes debris from between the surfaces of your teeth, places your toothbrush is unable to reach. Food remaining between teeth can cause decay to begin in an area that is not noticeable until a cavity is discovered or your teeth begin to hurt signaling an issue.
3. Whitening too often
The whitening process when used correctly is a fabulous way to improve the look of your smile. However, teeth whitening too often may weaken the enamel, compromising the integrity of your teeth.
Whitening products can irritate gums and possibly cause your teeth to become sensitive. More is not better when it comes to whitening your teeth as you run the risk of causing damage to the roots of your teeth if you overuse the product.
4. Using your teeth as tools
Opening that package with your teeth can cause minor cracks. Attempting to remove a cap from a bottle may break your tooth exposing nerves and causing extreme pain. A prompt visit to the dentist is required if this happens and an emergency trip to your dentist can be expensive. Save yourself the pain and cost by using the correct tool to open that bottle.
Keep your teeth for life
Prevent damage to your teeth by practicing proper dental health, regular visits to your dentist, and avoid things that may ruin teeth.
To learn more about proper dental health and ways to preserve the integrity and health of your teeth, schedule a complimentary consultation.