Harmful Habits for Your Teeth

Harmful Habits for Your TeethAre you doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong? If you are like most people, the answer may be a surprising “no.” Although good brushing and flossing habits can reduce your risk of certain dental health problems, they may not be enough to protect your teeth. Our dentist in Northridge explains.


Lemons can give an extra burst of flavor to iced tea or water, but sucking on them can quickly erode the enamel on your teeth. Lemons are extremely acidic, and those acids damage the enamel on your teeth. If you add sugar to your lemony drinks, your teeth may become eroded even more quickly as the hungry oral bacteria feed off the sugar and produce even more acid. You do not have to stop enjoying lemons, but use them only as a garnish, and do not suck on them.


Improper brushing habits can also damage your teeth. Overly enthusiastic brushing or brushing immediately after a meal can scratch your enamel. Use a soft-bristled brush, and brush your teeth in small, light circles as you work over each surface. Wait half an hour after eating to brush to give your teeth a chance to remineralize.


Finally, avoid using your teeth as tools. Teeth can be handy when it comes to ripping packages, cutting through tags or biting off a thread. Biting non-food items, including fingernails, can wear down teeth and even damage your jaw. Instead, use scissors, fingernail clippers and other tools specifically designed for these purposes.

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