Dental Tips Blog

Aug
7

Hidden Dangers of 4 Sneaky Oral Habits

Which of the following are you guilty of?

  1. Opening Packages With Your Teeth

Here’s one almost EVERYBODY has attempted. We’ve all been in that situation where we didn’t have scissors handy and just had to get that bag of chips open.

As useful and tough as your teeth are, try to not use them as tools! This is how unexpected fractures happen.

  1. Chewing On Your Tongue, Lip, Or Cheek

This habit is pretty insidious – it happens so easily without you knowing it! It’s kind of like nail-biting, but seems more sanitary since you aren’t putting your hands in your mouth.

The biggest concern is that chronic (though shallow) injury to soft tissues in your mouth can trigger dangerous growths later on. This doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get cancer, but it could be a contributing factor.

  1. Tongue-Thrusting

What is tongue-thrusting?

It’s simply the unconscious habit of pushing your tongue against the back of your front teeth. A lot of people don’t realize they have this problem until a dentist shows them how it’s caused their buck-toothed look. Many times, it’s the result of extended thumb-sucking or pacifier use as a child. It can create an “open bite” where your front teeth don’t close together properly.

  1. Ice Chewing

For some people, chewing on ice satisfies an odd craving. For others, it’s just a habit to nosh on the crunchy cubes in their soda. Either way, frequently eating ice is not good for teeth.

Tooth fractures, enamel wear, sensitivity, and loose fillings can all result from an ice crunching habit.

Need help kicking a harmful oral habit? Plan a chat with your local dental hygienist or dentist for tips on quitting.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Dec
30

Three Habits that are Hard on Teeth

Want to know what your everyday habit could be doing to your smile? Some habits you might already know about while others are the furthest thing from your mind. Here are 3 everyday habits that could be destroying your teeth:  

Smoking

Smoking and smokeless tobacco create changes to the tissues in your mouth, which in turn put you at risk of losing your teeth. Gum tissues begin experiencing cellular changes caused by the smoke and tobacco products that in turn prevents adequate blood flow to the teeth. As a result, gums begin to recede and detach from the teeth. 

Chewing Ice

Having the craving to chew ice could be a symptom of anemia, but it’s a bad habit that is hard to break. If you have restorations like fillings or crowns, chewing ice can cause irreversible damage. The cold temperatures cause materials to expand and contract, making them break apart from your tooth even sooner. Chewing on the hard material can also cause porcelain to break away from crowns, leaving you with aesthetic problems to consider. 

Sipping on an Afternoon Beverage

A lot of us like to have our favorite drink at our desk to sip on through the afternoon. It may be diet soda, flavored coffee, or even sipping on a sports drink when you’re at the gym. These liquids contain natural and artificial sweeteners that cause decay. If we sip on them for an hour or more, that’s a lot of acid exposure to our teeth. In fact, it will cause more tooth decay by drinking it over a longer period of time than it will if you were to drink it all at once during a meal. For healthier teeth, drink water between meals. Water hydrates and cleans your mouth as you drink it.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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