Bad habits are tough to break. Sometimes we’re not even sure how they started in the first place, but have gotten so far into the habit that it seems like an unbreakable routine. Habits can be good and in this new year you should make a point to make good habits (like flossing, eating more healthy and exercising) regular parts of your life.
However, nothing happens overnight. Here are some bad habits that you may have and not realized the implications it has on your teeth and overall health.
Chewing on Ice
“It’s natural and sugar free, so you might think ice is harmless. But munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or even crack your teeth. And if your mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue inside a tooth, regular toothaches may follow. Hot foods and cold foods may trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get the urge for ice, chew some sugarless gum instead.
It’s never too early to protect teeth. Giving a baby a bedtime bottle of juice, milk, or formula, can put new teeth on a path to decay. The baby may become used to falling asleep with the bottle in his or her mouth, bathing the teeth in sugars overnight. It’s best to keep bottles out of the crib.
Just because cough drops are sold in the medicine aisle doesn’t mean they’re healthy. Most are loaded with sugar. So after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to brush well. Whether the sugar comes from a cough drop or a hard candy, it reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth. Then bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hello, cavities.
Opening Stuff With Your Teeth
Opening bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth may be convenient, but this is one habit that makes dentists cringe. Using your teeth as tools can cause them to crack or chip. Instead, keep scissors and bottle openers handy. Bottom line, your teeth should only be used for eating.”
The last point is one that many people are guilty of. Whether you are an offender of any of these habits or not, focus your energy on helping and not hurting your teeth, gums and mouth by only chewing on food and keeping your mouth as clean as possible.