Bad habits are hard to break and while some are seemingly innocent, others can be quite harmful. When it comes to your smile, bad habits like chewing ice and clenching can seriously damage your teeth. We’ve rounded up the top four offenders so you can get a head start on kicking the habits that have you hooked.
It should go without saying that smoking has a negative impact on both your physical and oral health. Among the effects it can have on your smile are initiating and exacerbating decay and gum disease, yellowing teeth and bad breath.
2. Sugary Drinks
Whether soda, energy drinks or juice, drinks high in sugar can wreak havoc on your smile. Staten Island, NY, cosmetic dentist Louis F. DeSantis, DDS says says, “They rapidly erode teeth and can lead to darkening and thinning of the enamel.” Try replacing sugary drinks with fluoridated water, which is beneficial to teeth and gums.
3. Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can accelerate the natural erosion of tooth surface. Malibu, CA, cosmetic dentist Bob S. Perkins, DDS says, “Wearing a night guard is probably the number-one way to prevent tooth shortening due to grinding. If everyone wore a night guard prophylactically then there would be lot more attractive smiles out there.”
4. Nail Biting and Chewing
If you’re biting your nails or oftentimes chewing on pens or pencils, know that you are wearing down your enamel on your teeth, which can accelerate the look of worn teeth and discoloration. Until you break the habit, be mindful of what you chew on. If it isn’t food, it’s probably hurting your teeth.
It’s not too late to fix your smile if your bad habits have already made their mark. Learn more about how a smile makeover can transform your smile.
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