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Avoid These Bad Habits To Protect Your Teeth
Posted on 06/21/2016

Avoid These Bad Habits To Protect Your Teeth

Here at Columbia Family Dentist, we push the importance of brushing and flossing daily to keep your teeth as healthy as possible. But even if you maintain good oral hygiene and visit your local dentist for regular cleanings and exams, bad habits can jeopardize your oral health. The expert dental team at Columbia Family Dentist wants its Columbia, MD patients to have the best smiles possible, so we warn against these bad habits that can damage your teeth and affect your oral health.

Nail Biting

Nail biting strains both your teeth and your jaw, making your teeth more prone to chipping and your jaw more prone to dysfunction. To kick this habit, try alternatives to keep your hands busy or use bad-tasting nail polishes designed to repel you from biting your nails.

Crunching Hard Foods

Regularly chewing or crunching hard foods like ice cubes and popcorn kernels can cause small cracks in your enamel that may result in chips or breaks. It’s best to avoid chomping on foods hard in texture.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Many of us turn to using our teeth as a set of scissors, an extra pair of hands, or as a tool to deal with small stuck objects. Doing so can expose your teeth to strain and potential damage. Avoid using your teeth for tasks that are better suited for an actual pair of scissors or pliers.

Using Improper Brushing Technique

Brushing twice a day is important for good oral health, but it is also important to do so properly with the right toothbrush. Using a soft-bristled brush with a lighter touch while brushing will protect your teeth from enamel wear and gum recession.

Teeth Grinding and Clenching


Habitual teeth grinding and clenching can put pressure on your teeth to the point of cracking and can cause joint pain in the jaw. Staying relaxed can help to reduce your tendency to grind and clench your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a nighttime mouth guard can help reduce the strain on your teeth and jaw.


Contact Your Columbia General Dentist


If you have any questions about habits that may affect your oral health or you’ve experienced tooth damage and are seeking treatment, please contact us at our Columbia, MD office. Our friendly staff would be happy to assist you with your questions and booking an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you your best smile!