If there are good habits you have to observe in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, there are also a number of habits that destroy them.
These bad habits are common yet strangely, despite being aware of the damage they cause to your teeth, people still do it. While these habits have already been a part of your daily activity (thus the term habit), it’s not impossible to stop it and go for something which ensures health and security for your teeth.
Let’s look at some of these most common bad habits and check those which we’re guilty of doing. As I’ve said, they’re common so you may have heard about them already.
Still it’s worth saying if it will convince you to stop it.
- Vigorous brushing
Since the point of brushing is to clean and drive away all the excess food that get stuck on your teeth, then vigorous brushing is fine.
Rather than protecting your teeth and gums, vigorous brushing only does the opposite. Doing it removes your teeth’s enamel, the component which gives it its natural glossy white appeal.
Moreover, vigorous brushing also increases the chance of injuring your gums especially if you’re using a hard-bristled brush. If at some point you see a little bit of blood while brushing your teeth, then you should stop.
- Indulging in sugary candy or foods
Sweets really are sweet and most of us love them (kids and adults alike). But indulging too much in your sweet cravings does more harm than good to your teeth.
Sugar feeds acid-producing bacteria in your mouth which in turn erodes the enamel in your teeth. Remember, acids damage the enamel on your teeth.
- For the love of soda
So sugar is bad. Meaning, sugar-free sodas are fine!
Sugar-free soda and other beverages of the same kind are still acidic enough that drinking a bottle or two is literally bathing your teeth and gums with acid. And what did we just say about acids?
- Sticking to hard-bristled toothbrush
Hard-bristled toothbrushes hurt your gums.
While you could always go for ‘moderate brushing’ to ensure that you don’t put so much strain on your teeth and gums while doing it, it’s not a guarantee.
Soft-bristled brushes are highly recommended. Combine it with a ‘not vigorous’ way of brushing with proper strokes and you’ll do great!
- Teeth grinding
Teeth grinding wears out the teeth.
Some people who are stressed or nervous are prone to doing this. Others are unconsciously doing this while asleep (it’s a condition known as bruxism). Either way, it’s bad for your teeth.
If for instance you’re aware that you have this habit, you have to do your best to stop it. Bruxism might be more challenging as you’re not really aware of it. It may need some professional help but for a start, try to refrain from teeth grinding as much as possible.
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