• Dr Sonal Naran

Are you harming your teeth without even knowing it?

Updated: May 8

Your teeth are pretty incredible, and with proper care can last a lifetime. But sometimes we tend to perform certain habits that can unintentionally harm our teeth. In today’s post, you’ll learn about what you shouldn’t do with your beautiful pearly whites.

Tooth tools are terrible

For convenience, people tend to use their teeth in place of tools. Your teeth are not bottle openers, scissors or a third hand, but are there to help you eat, speak and look good! It may seem like a harmless and quick method, but can damage your teeth, tongue, lips and gums.

Did you know? Tailors tend to keep a needle in their mouth, and this can cause a tiny groove in their teeth (also known as a tailor’s notch)

Ice Ice Baby

Even though the enamel (outside layer) of our teeth is the strongest substance of our bodies, we need to be careful when we are chewing. Hard objects such as ice can cause tooth chips, cracks and even fractures. Sometimes you may not feel an immediate pain or discomfort, and pain may only begin after a period of time.

Lemon lover?

Be careful when sucking on lemons and other acidic foods excessively. These foods can cause erosion on the surface of your teeth, making them appear slightly rougher and prone to decay. This also includes excessive drinking of acidic drinks, including cool drinks. Using a straw can assist in preventing too much damage to the teeth.

Be careful of biting your nails!

Nail biting is a habit that can not only deter the appearance of your hands, but also affect your teeth. The habit is chronic and can cause your teeth to shift, chip and can make your mouth prone to infections!

Brushing too soon after a meal

Having an oral care routine is a very good habit. However, it is important to ensure that you do not brush your teeth immediately after eating. There is usually an acidic build up in your mouth after you’ve eaten, and your saliva needs to neutralize this acid. By brushing straight after, you will be scrubbing away the enamel. It is ideal to wait 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth.

Using tobacco products

Smoking or chewing tobacco products are harmful to your teeth and gums. It can cause a build of hardened plaque (calculus or tartar); can make you prone to oral cancer; can lead to bad breath and dry mouth; and cause staining of your teeth.

What you SHOULD do with your pearly whites:

Schedule an appointment at Waterfall Dental & Prosthodontic Studio

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