6 habits which can harm your teeth

1.Brushing too hard

Brushing too vigorously can cause more harm than good, as over time the outer surface of your teeth is brushed aware. This can lead to sensitivity and can in the long-term cause cavities.

Most dentists recommend that you use a soft bristled manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush to make sure that you do not cause damage to your teeth. You should aim to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and use interdental cleaning aids to clean between teeth daily. 

2.Acidic food and drinks

Do you always have a fizzy drink close at hand? Or do you have a love of all things citrus? The high acidity in these foods will wear away the tooth enamel over time. Dental erosion is the loss of enamel and dentine as a direct result of the acid contained within what we eat and drink. 

In order to help limit the damage to your teeth, try to limit acidic food and drink to mealtimes. When drinking fizzy drinks, try to drink them in one sitting rather than sipping them continuously throughout the day and use a straw to limit the amount of time your teeth are exposed to the sugar and acid in the drink. 

3.Tooth grinding

Some people may find that in times of stress they clench their jaw or grind their teeth. Clenching and grinding puts a great deal of pressure on your teeth and over time you will notice your teeth may begin to fracture and break. You may also notice that your teeth may start to wear down. 

If you suffer with jaw clenching or tooth grinding, speak to your dentist and they will be able to assess your teeth and determine the best treatment options.

4.Using teeth as tools 

Many people will admit to using their teeth to tear tape, open packages or to take the tags off clothing when they couldn’t find the scissors. However, your teeth are designed to chew food, help you speak and fill and define your facial features. They are not designed for other jobs. 

Using your teeth in this way can damage existing dental works and lead to your teeth becoming chipped or cracked. It is definitely worth spending a few more minutes searching for the scissors than have to undergo expensive dental restorations.

5.Nail biting

Biting your nails not only affects the appearance of your hands, but it can also damage your teeth. People who bit their nails will often have the habit for may years, with it exacerbated at times of stress. 

Regularly biting your mails can cause your teeth to shift and may overtime cause your teeth to break or splinter.


Cigarettes and tobacco products can stain teeth, cause gum disease and periodontal disease and even lead to decayed and lost teeth.

The only way to improve this is to look to quit smoking. Your dentist will be able to advise you on services available in your area to help you quit for good. 

If you would like further help and advice on how your habits may be harming your teeth, call Maidstone Dental & Implant Centre on 01622 682029 and book an appointment today. 

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