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When we’re in our daily routines, it’s easy to slip into habits without being conscious of each one. Whether it’s biting your nails or always having a snack nearby, there are some ways that we all may be hurting our oral health without even realizing it. Take a look at 5 habits that can have a negative impact on your oral health, and stay aware of when you engage in them so you can ditch the habits whenever possible.

1. Nail Biting

Get those fingers out of your mouth! When you bite your nails, you’re shifting the way that your teeth place force when you bite. This means that you’re more susceptible to wearing down your teeth, as well as causing chips and fractures from the uneven bite pressure.

2. Chewing Ice Cubes

Your teeth weren’t designed to exert the type of force needed to crush ice. Over time, this can cause the same types of issues as nail biting, except it involves your molars as well. Your teeth may wear down over time, and you may experience chipping or fractures. You may also hurt your jaw with the excess pressure.

3. Brushing Too Hard

This is a tip that many people fail to consider. There is certainly such a thing as brushing too hard! If your toothbrush is too hard, or you’re exerting unnecessary force, you can cause harm to your teeth and gums. Ensure that you have a soft toothbrush and that you’re not making yourself bleed or feel discomfort while you brush.

4. Clenching and Grinding

This is yet another bad habit that can cause cracking and chipping of your pearly whites, in addition to pain and tenderness in the jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, it can hinder your ability to use your mouth, as you may feel lasting discomfort that prevents you from opening your mouth and chewing properly. For those who grind and clench in their sleep, a mouth guard is recommended.

5. Snacking All Day

Not only can this be harmful for your overall health, it can impact your dental health as well. When we eat, we’re providing fuel for the bacteria in our mouth that cause plaque and cavities. When we’re eating all day, we’re providing these bacteria with an all-you-can-eat-buffet, which can heighten your risk for tooth damage in the long-run.

If you’re looking for a dentist hat can help make sure you’re at peak dental health, call us at 407-898-3471 today.