13 Bad Dental Habits That Are Wrecking Your Teeth

dental habits

Everybody knows that maintaining good dental health is a cornerstone of living a healthy and fit lifestyle. At the same time, dental problems are some of the most prevalent health issues faced by Americans. According to the national institute of dental and Craniofacial Research, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. It’s seven times more common than hay fever and five times more common than asthma. The majority of adults in the U.S. also show signs of gingival or periodontal diseases.

Oral health has also been linked to disease prevention in other areas. For example, some research has shown that having periodontal disease could raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. But aside from the obvious brushing and flossing, what can be done to maintain dental health? You should avoid:

1. Chewing On Ice

Chewing on ice is a habit that many people find pleasurable, especially on a hot day. Unfortunately, teeth are not properly equipped to chomp down on materials as hard as ice, meaning that cracking, chipping and even fractures are likely to occur with regular ice chewing. Even if no direct damage is sustained, chewing on ice can still cause enamel to wear down and can make teeth more vulnerable to decay.

2. Grinding Teeth

Grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism, is an often stress-related habit that can lead to loosening, fracturing and even loss of teeth. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that they grind their teeth because the grinding often occurs during sleep. If you consistently wake up with a sore jaw or dull headache, you may need to contact a dentist to examine your teeth and recommend treatment options if evidence of bruxism is found.

3. Too Much Sugar

Out of all the bad dental habits on this list, sugar consumption may be the most obvious – and also the most ignored. Simply put, sugar is wreaking havoc on our health. Consuming too much candy, soda and sports drinks is leading to high tooth decay levels around the world, yet their consumption levels do not appear to be decreasing significantly. If you’re at all worried about protecting your teeth, limit your sugar intake. Instead of soda and sports drinks, simply choose water.

4. Sticky and Starchy Food

Sticky foods like dried fruit and gummy candy, as well as starchy foods like potato chips, are notorious for lodging themselves in-between your teeth. A simple brushing might not get rid of these types of food – flossing is necessary to prevent the plaque buildup that can occur from leaving these foods in your teeth.

5. Coffee and Wine

Coffee and wine are notorious teeth stainers. Studies have shown that coffee stains can be the most difficult type of stain to get rid of, and simple brushing doesn’t do a whole lot to combat them. Stains are not just a cosmetic problem either – very heavy coffee stains can cause teeth to be overly sticky and more apt to attract bacteria and food particles. Not to mention, these stains can lead to…

6. Overuse of Harsh Whiteners

Whiteners should be used only as directed, and their overuse can lead to serious oral pain and discomfort. To ensure that your teeth are whitened safely and correctly, it’s best to see a dentist.

7. Using Your Teeth as a Tool

It’s something we’ve probably all done, but using your teeth to rip open a difficult plastic bag or open a stubborn bottle can cause your teeth to chip, crack or otherwise weaken. Simply make sure you have scissors, twist-jar openers, and any other tools handy (especially in the kitchen) to prevent you from resorting to using your teeth.

8. Playing Sports Without Mouth Protection

The stereotype of the hockey player who’s missing teeth came about for a reason: contact sports can lead to serious oral injuries. One of the most potentially hazardous dental habits is to participate in football, cycling, hockey, skating or other possibly dangerous activity without using a helmet or mouth guard. According to Colgate, mouth guards prevent around 200,000 mouth injuries to football players each year.

9. Chewing on Pens or Pencils

Chewing on your pen is a nervous habit that can not only lead to illness, but can also cause your teeth to weaken or become loose. To break this habit, try popping in a piece of sugar-free gum any time you get the urge to chew on your writing utensil.

10. Biting Your Nails

Similarly to chewing on pens and pencils, nail-biting is a habit that can lead to minor infections, worn tooth enamel, and tooth misalignment. The habit is notoriously hard to break, though, and some estimate that as many as 10 to 20 percent of adults in the U.S. are nail-biters. However, special nail polishes can go a long way toward curing a nail-biting habit.

11. Smoking

The effects of smoking on teeth are well-known. Smoking can cause discoloration, bad breath, jaw bone loss, increased plaque buildup, increased risk of gum disease, and increased risk of oral cancer.

12. Brushing Too Hard

Bad dental habits can actually occur while trying to clean your teeth. The ADA usually recommends soft-brush toothbrushes, as bristles that are too stiff can end up damaging tooth enamel. Brushing too soon after an acidic meal can also cause some enamel to break down – give your teeth about 30 minutes to allow saliva to rinse acid away before brushing. Also, avoid brushing more than three times per day.

13. Using a Toothpick

Trying to remove food that’s stuck between your teeth is a noble goal, but products such as floss or interdental brushes are less likely to damage your gums. If you must use a toothpick, do it gently.

122 Responses to 13 Bad Dental Habits That Are Wrecking Your Teeth

  1. Thank you for the above blog commenting sites to get a good links and domain authority for the sites it helps us to get a good backlink and provide good traffic for the sites.

  2. • Thanks for sharing this wonderful list of blog comments. Almost every link is live and active. And I hope this will help me get the highest quality backlinks for my website.

  3. Atomic Force Microscopes have several techniques for measuring force interactions such as van der Waals, thermal, electrical and magnetic force interactions for these interactions done by the AFM, it has the following parts that assist in controlling its functions.
    • Modified tips which are used to detect the sample surface and undergo deflections
    • Software adjustments used to image the samples.

  4. Best Blog commenting Sites, Thanks for sharing I like it and also useful for me this backlink listGreat Post !!!!!!!! I do Link building for my business promotion so this post very useful for me, blog commenting is a great skill that depends on a couple of factors that are very well explained.

  5. Explore Mayday Dental Staffing for top-notch dental professionals in your area.

  6. It is an all in one solution for the SEO, Thank you so much for sharing blog commenting Sites List, it’s very helpful and you own one of the best blogs on the internet. Again Thanks a Lot!

  7. Nice a bolg and its really great. I love this blog. I look forward to your next blog.
    american email lists

  8. “An insightful article that highlights the importance of breaking bad dental habits for the sake of our oral health. It’s a wake-up call for anyone guilty of neglecting their teeth. Let’s all strive for better oral hygiene and preserve those pearly whites!”

  9. The articles on this website are not only informative but also well-written. I appreciate the effort put into creating such valuable content.

  10. JosephLoste says: buy prescription drugs online

  11. MosheGox says: online shopping pharmacy india
    prescription meds without the prescriptions [url=]non prescription ed pills[/url] discount prescription drugs

  12. Davidpem says: п»їbest mexican online pharmacies

  13. Charlesmib says:

    non prescription erection pills: prescription drugs – buy prescription drugs online without

  14. Williezig says:

    amoxicillin 500mg pill: amoxicillin 500 tablet – buy amoxicillin online without prescription

  15. MosheGox says: mexican online pharmacies prescription drugs
    п»їlegitimate online pharmacies india [url=]online shopping pharmacy india[/url] indian pharmacy

  16. Davidpem says: п»їerectile dysfunction medication

  17. Charlesmib says:

    п»їbest mexican online pharmacies: mexico pharmacies prescription drugs – п»їbest mexican online pharmacies

  18. Anthonytum says:

    ed meds online without doctor prescription: how to get prescription drugs without doctor – viagra without a prescription

  19. MosheGox says: best ed pill
    reputable indian online pharmacy [url=]india pharmacy[/url] reputable indian pharmacies

  20. Williezig says:

    amoxicillin 800 mg price: generic amoxicillin – generic amoxil 500 mg

  21. Davidpem says: india online pharmacy

  22. Charlesmib says:

    india pharmacy mail order: india pharmacy mail order – Online medicine home delivery

  23. Richardcaf says:

    best tadalafil tablets in india [url=]tadalafil soft gel capsule 20mg[/url] 5mg tadalafil generic

  24. Juliusovath says: п»їLevitra price

  25. TimothyBaddy says:

    viagra sildenafil citrate: cost of sildenafil in canada – sildenafil 100 online

  26. Richardcaf says:

    sildenafil oral jelly 100mg kamagra [url=]Kamagra 100mg[/url] п»їkamagra

  27. WilliamDit says: sildenafil oral jelly 100mg kamagra

  28. JosephNeume says:

    sildenafil 50 mg online: sildenafil cheapest price – sildenafil buy usa

  29. Juliusovath says: tadalafil best price

  30. TimothyBaddy says:

    buy tadalafil online without a prescription: tadalafil for sale from india – tadalafil generic price

  31. Richardcaf says:

    Buy generic Levitra online [url=]Cheap Levitra online[/url] Levitra 20 mg for sale

  32. Juliusovath says: generic cialis tadalafil

  33. TimothyBaddy says:

    cheap rx sildenafil: sildenafil pharmacy uk – sildenafil canada cost

  34. Richardcaf says:

    Buy generic Levitra online [url=]Levitra tablet price[/url] Buy generic Levitra online

  35. WilliamDit says: Levitra online pharmacy

  36. JosephNeume says:

    Levitra 20 mg for sale: Cheap Levitra online – Buy generic Levitra online

  37. Juliusovath says: Buy generic Levitra online

  38. TimothyBaddy says:

    sildenafil brand name in india: sildenafil online prescription – generic sildenafil in us

  39. Richardcaf says:

    Kamagra 100mg price [url=]sildenafil oral jelly 100mg kamagra[/url] sildenafil oral jelly 100mg kamagra

  40. Juliusovath says: Levitra 10 mg best price

  41. ScottZen says:

    doxycycline capsule 100mg price: Doxycycline 100mg buy online – buy doxycycline 100mg online

  42. CharlesAmame says:

    generic zithromax azithromycin [url=]buy cheap generic zithromax[/url] purchase zithromax online

  43. Vernontef says:

    lisinopril 20 mg canada: Buy Lisinopril 20 mg online – zestril 40 mg

  44. ScottZen says:

    can i buy amoxicillin over the counter: cheap amoxicillin – amoxicillin 250 mg capsule

  45. CharlesAmame says:

    amoxicillin 750 mg price [url=]amoxil for sale[/url] amoxicillin 500mg capsule buy online

  46. ScottZen says:

    buy cipro: buy ciprofloxacin over the counter – ciprofloxacin 500 mg tablet price

  47. CharlesAmame says:

    canadian lisinopril 10 mg [url=]buy lisinopril[/url] lisinopril in india

  48. Vernontef says:

    lisinopril pill 5 mg: prescription for lisinopril – lisinopril 2.5 cost

  49. JamesBum says: doxycycline over the counter

  50. ScottZen says:

    how much is doxycycline in south africa: doxycycline 100mg cost australia – average cost of doxycycline

  51. CharlesAmame says:

    amoxicillin capsule 500mg price [url=]purchase amoxicillin online[/url] amoxicillin 500 mg price

  52. ScottZen says:

    where can you get doxycycline: Buy doxycycline 100mg – doxycycline price australia

  53. Vernontef says:

    order doxycycline capsules online: Buy doxycycline 100mg – cheap doxy

  54. CharlesAmame says:

    amoxicillin 500mg without prescription [url=]amoxil for sale[/url] where can i buy amoxocillin

  55. JamesBum says: doxycycline 75 mg cost

  56. ScottZen says:

    cipro ciprofloxacin: Get cheapest Ciprofloxacin online – ciprofloxacin generic price

  57. CharlesAmame says:

    lisinopril prescription coupon [url=]buy lisinopril[/url] prinivil 10 mg

  58. JamesBum says: where can i get zithromax

  59. RobertGof says:

    top 10 online pharmacy in india: reputable indian pharmacies – online pharmacy india

  60. Jamesmefly says: medicine in mexico pharmacies

  61. Danielfem says:

    canada pharmacy online [url=]international online pharmacy[/url] certified canadian international pharmacy

  62. RobertGof says:

    online pharmacies canada reviews: Mail order pharmacy – canadian drug stores

  63. RichardBromo says:

    pet meds without vet prescription canada: certified canada pharmacy online – canada pharmacy online legit

  64. Jamesmefly says: pharmacy website india

  65. RobertGof says:

    no rx online pharmacy: buy drugs online safely – canadian pharmacy online without prescription

  66. RichardBromo says:

    top online pharmacy india: buy prescription drugs from india – online shopping pharmacy india

  67. Danielfem says:

    drugs without prescription [url=]online pharmacy usa[/url] best canadian pharmacies

  68. Jamesmefly says: mexican drugstore online

  69. Michaelshano says:

    where buy cheap clomid: Clomiphene Citrate 50 Mg – buying clomid pills

  70. Michaellycle says: ventolin over the counter nz

  71. DonaldMut says: purchase neurontin
    paxlovid buy [url=]Paxlovid without a doctor[/url] Paxlovid buy online

  72. Michaelshano says:

    neurontin 300 mg pill: gabapentin best price – neurontin prescription online

  73. Michaellycle says: Paxlovid over the counter

  74. Michaelshano says:

    wellbutrin 75 mg daily: Buy Wellbutrin XL 300 mg online – buying wellbutrin online

  75. Michaellycle says: can i purchase clomid price

  76. Michaelshano says:

    order wellbutrin online: Buy Wellbutrin XL 300 mg online – wellbutrin buy online

  77. Michaellycle says: paxlovid pharmacy

  78. Michaelshano says:

    cost clomid: buying clomid pills – order cheap clomid now

  79. Michaellycle says: п»їpaxlovid

  80. Michaelshano says:

    ventolin pharmacy singapore: Ventolin inhaler – order ventolin

  81. Michaellycle says:
  82. Michaelshano says:

    buy ventolin on line: Ventolin HFA Inhaler – buy ventolin on line

  83. Michaellycle says: where can i get generic clomid without rx

  84. SidneyMak says: esiste il viagra generico in farmacia

  85. Sonnyger says:

    farmaci senza ricetta elenco: farmacia online piu conveniente – farmacie on line spedizione gratuita

  86. TerryGor says:

    farmacia online senza ricetta [url=]avanafil generico prezzo[/url] farmacie online affidabili

  87. SidneyMak says: farmacie online affidabili

  88. Sonnyger says:

    п»їfarmacia online migliore: cialis prezzo – comprare farmaci online all’estero

  89. TerryGor says:

    dove acquistare viagra in modo sicuro [url=]viagra generico[/url] viagra generico prezzo piГ№ basso

  90. Sonnyger says:

    farmacia online senza ricetta: farmacia online spedizione gratuita – farmaci senza ricetta elenco

  91. TerryGor says:

    п»їfarmacia online migliore [url=]kamagra oral jelly[/url] farmacia online miglior prezzo

  92. KamagraIt says:

    migliori farmacie online 2023 farmacia online migliore

  93. SidneyMak says: comprare farmaci online con ricetta

  94. TerryGor says:

    farmacie online sicure [url=]kamagra oral jelly[/url] farmacia online miglior prezzo

  95. Sonnyger says:

    farmacie online autorizzate elenco: kamagra gold – farmacie on line spedizione gratuita

  96. SidneyMak says: farmacie online affidabili

  97. TerryGor says:

    acquistare farmaci senza ricetta [url=]avanafil prezzo in farmacia[/url] farmacie online affidabili

  98. Sonnyger says:

    farmacie online affidabili: cialis generico – farmacia online senza ricetta

  99. TerryGor says:

    farmacie online autorizzate elenco [url=]farmacia online spedizione gratuita[/url] acquistare farmaci senza ricetta

  100. Sonnyger says:

    esiste il viagra generico in farmacia: viagra online siti sicuri – farmacia senza ricetta recensioni

  101. Jasonzip says: farmacia online madrid

  102. Eddiesef says:

    farmacia online barata [url=]kamagra[/url] farmacia online 24 horas

  103. Marioanado says:

    п»їfarmacia online: precio cialis en farmacia con receta – farmacia 24h

  104. Jasonzip says: farmacia online internacional

  105. Eddiesef says:

    farmacias online baratas [url=]Levitra Bayer[/url] farmacia online barata

  106. Marioanado says:

    farmacias online seguras en espaГ±a: se puede comprar kamagra en farmacias – farmacia barata

  107. Cliff says:

    Excellent weblog here! Also your site rather a lot up very fast!
    What web host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate link to your host?
    I desire my web site loaded up as quickly as yours lol

  108. Jasonzip says: farmacia online madrid

  109. Eddiesef says:

    farmacia online 24 horas [url=]farmacia online 24 horas[/url] п»їfarmacia online

  110. Marioanado says:

    farmacias online seguras: Cialis generico – farmacia online envГ­o gratis

  111. Jasonzip says: farmacias online seguras

  112. Marioanado says:

    farmacias online seguras: farmacia envГ­os internacionales – п»їfarmacia online

  113. Eddiesef says:

    п»їfarmacia online [url=]comprar kamagra en espana[/url] farmacias online baratas

  114. Marioanado says:

    п»їfarmacia online: Levitra Bayer – farmacias online seguras en espaГ±a

  115. Jasonzip says: farmacia envГ­os internacionales

  116. Marioanado says:

    farmacia online madrid: farmacia online madrid – п»їfarmacia online

  117. Eddiesef says:

    sildenafilo cinfa 100 mg precio farmacia [url=]sildenafilo precio[/url] se puede comprar viagra sin receta

  118. Jasonzip says: farmacias baratas online envГ­o gratis

  119. Marioanado says:

    farmacia online barata: kamagra jelly – farmacia online barata

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>