cosmetic dentistryDo you brush your teeth thrice a day and even floss it to keep them white and attractive? You may know the importance of practicing good dental care, but this may not be enough to keep them healthy. You might have poor dental health without knowing it.

Each person has bad habits. Some love biting their nails or sucking their thumb, but these things do not only hurt your fingers. Perth cosmetic dentistry professionals noted that bad habits can undermine the good ones and compromise your dental health. Know the habits that can harm you and avoid them.

Using teeth as a tool

Stop using your teeth to tear open a bag of chips, uncap a bottle of soft drink and rip a price tag off your new clothes. This can be hard on your teeth and cause a fracture. Keep things simple. Use scissors or the right tools to do the work.

Crunching the ice

Slurping an ice-cold soda and crunching the left over ice might be refreshing, but its coldness and hardness can irritate the tissue inside and beneath your teeth that may lead to toothache. Worse, this can run the risk of cracking your teeth.

Grinding the teeth

Stress can trigger frequent grinding of the teeth, but the pressure you put on your teeth can cause an abnormal bite or crooked teeth. If you notice that you grind, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth to help your jaw muscles to relax.

Holding objects between your teeth

Some people love holding pencils or eyeglasses between their teeth while thinking about a difficult task. This may cause your teeth to shift or break any dental work that you have in your mouth.

Nail biting

Biting your nails does not only harm your hands, it damages your teeth as well. Nail biting can cause teeth to break or tooth enamel to splinter. In addition, you let the bacteria on the skin of your fingers into your mouth.

Jenny Craig once said, “A change in bad habits leads to a change in life.” Breaking bad habits is not easy, but making an effort to stop it can avoid painful dental problems.