Biting your nails
The enamel on teeth can easily crack from biting nails. It can lead to jaw pain, headaches due to jaw tension and shifting of teeth. It is also bad for you manicure!
Many nutritional supplements and vitamins taken in the form of gummies can spoil the havoc on teeth. But if you do take theses supplements due to their tempting flavor and easy consumption, please remember to brush your teeth. The sugar from these gummy substances get attached to your teeth so switching to a non-gummy chewable vitamin should be considered.
Brushing teeth right after meals
Right after you eat and drink acidic foods, your teeth get softer and the pH of your mouth is more acidic. By brushing your teeth immediately after meals, you are removing the enamel of your teeth. Therefore, waiting for 30 minutes after eating to brush your teeth is a reasonable amount of time for your saliva to remineralize your enamel. This is recommended especially after eating fruits, drinking coffee or carbonated beverages. Coffee, tea, soda and wine can also stain your teeth by eroding the enamel and discoloring teeth.
Brushing too hard
To know if you are using extra pressure on your teeth, look at your brush for flattened bristles and bristles fanning out to both sides. Brushing your teeth aggressively can wear enamel of teeth, can lead to gum recession and sensitivity of teeth. To avoid excess pressure on your teeth, try holding your teeth with two fingers. Also replace your teeth every three months.
Using your teeth as a tool
Excessive pressure on your teeth to cut or break stuff can cause fractures on the underlying bone leading to receding gums and damaged teeth.
Sipping on sparkling water, citrus-infused and vinegar-based drinks
Sparkling water has a pH of 5.5 and consuming of this can demineralize teeth enamel and cause enamel erosion. Some sparkling beverages have higher acidity they plain water. Also, highly acidic food like citrus fruits, vinegar, tomato sauce and carbonated drinks can weaken your tooth enamel over time. But if you do enjoy these foods, brush your teeth after 30 minutes of consumption if you want to minimize enamel damage.
Chewing on ice can cause fracture lines on your teeth. Avoid crunching on food like potato chips, candy and breath mints too.
Whitening toothpaste and strips and mouth wash
Overuse of these whitening products can saturate teeth and break enamel exposing teeth to yellowish dentin beneath. Mouth washes containing alcohol can dehydrate your mouth. Dry mouths can lead to bad bacteria. Using mouth washes with xylitol instead of alcohol will keep saliva in your mouth and avoids bacteria.
Storing toothbrush in a drawer
Storing your brush in a closed container can grow bacteria which could be harmful to your teeth and gums. So, after brushing, store them in upright and open containers where they can dry in open air.
Smoking being a threat to your whole body is also a threat to your teeth, mouth and gums. The heat and smoke from smoking damage the soft tissues in cheeks, tongue and gums. It can also cause dental decay, gum disease and oral cancer. Anti-tar mouthwash and specialized toothpaste are just short-term stain preventers.
Eating several times, a day can increase the risk of cavities. Eating increases the acid levels in your mouth and saliva helps neutralize this effect. To avoid this, eat large meals instead of snacks.