Everyone knows that poor dental hygiene, the absence of flossing are the main causes of damage to our teeth. But there are some other bad habits that are also bad for your teeth.

Bad habits that damage teeth

Using teeth as tools
Teeth are for eating, but many times we forget and end up using them as tools to cut packaging, open bags, uncover bottles, etc. The misuse of the teeth in these cases creates wear on the different teeth and on the enamel, this can cause chipping, breakage and even fracture. Under no circumstances use your teeth as tools or bottle openers.

Eating or biting nails
Another of the most common bad habits that damage teeth is using it as a “nail clipper”. Although this action could be placed in the first point of this list (“Using teeth as tools”), we believe that it deserves a separate mention, since it is highly harmful and not only for the teeth. Nail biting wears down teeth and enamel, but nail debris can also cause stomach damage, in addition to never achieving a good nail cut, running the risk of shedding skin or cutting a nail too much.

Eating ice
For many it is almost a pleasure to bite and eat ice, but we regret to tell you that this singular pleasure can even break a tooth and is another of the bad habits that damage teeth. Straining the teeth in this way can damage the teeth and gums, it also puts the risk of breaks and chipping, in addition to affecting the sensitivity of the gums.

Biting pencils and pens
This is perhaps the most common bad habit we have with our teeth, and it is probably the one we all do the longest and from the earliest age. Biting on pencils and pens can eventually wear away teeth and tooth enamel, chip them, or move them. This habit usually comes from anxiety or stress.

Brushing your teeth with great force
Many make a series of mistakes when brushing and one of them is doing it with excessive force. Brushing the teeth with great force irritates and retracts the gums, sometimes causing bleeding; it can also damage teeth and enamel. Brushing with horizontal movements is also not recommended, as brushing in this direction can constantly wear away the enamel on your teeth. The correct and recommended by most dentists is to brush in a circular manner.

Surely, as you know there are other bad habits that damage the teeth, but surely keeping these in mind, you can take greater care.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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