You brush your teeth religiously, floss at least once a day, and follow through with your semi-annual appointments with the dentist. You use fluoride, eat calcium-rich foods to keep your teeth nice and strong, and avoid highly acidic foods that could damage your enamel. At Sehnert Precision Dentistry, we LOVE patients like you! The thing is, no matter how well you care for your teeth, if you have any of these bad habits, you could cause serious damage to your teeth:
- Chewing On Ice — It may be tempting to crunch on that ice cube, but believe it or not, ice is hard enough to crack or chip your teeth. To minimize the temptation (without sacrificing that refreshing ice-cold temperature), drink through a straw so the ice doesn’t have a chance to come in contact with your teeth.
- Drinking Sodas and Sports Drinks — You’re probably well aware of how bad sodas are for you, but sports drinks? Yep! Both sodas and sports drinks pack a double-punch: they contain acids that weaken your tooth enamel then they coat your compromised teeth with decay-causing sugars and stain-causing pigments. Your best bet is always water (which helps keep your teeth clean).
- Constant Snacking — When you graze all day, your teeth never have the opportunity to recover. Microscopic food particles remain in the grooves of your molars, plaque builds up on your teeth, and the decay-causing bacteria gets down to business. If at all possible, brush your teeth after every meal (which may also discourage you from snacking). If brushing is inconvenient, chew sugarless gum and drink lots of water to flush out as much “bad stuff” as possible.
- Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard — The only sport that is truly safe is playing armchair quarterback. Everything else contains an element of risk. Even a simple pickup basketball game with your neighbors can result in an accident that could harm your teeth. Do yourself a favor and invest in a good mouthguard that is comfortable, easy-to-clean, and allows you to breathe normally during all of that strenuous activity.
- Using Your Teeth As Tools — Don’t use your teeth to rip open a bag of chips, chew through impossible-to-open plastic packaging, or remove bottle caps. Any of these activities (and more) can crack or chip your teeth. Keep tools handy so you don’t have to take a risk with your smile. A nice Swiss Army knife, for example, is small, convenient, and portable, giving you all you need to slice, open, and cut packaging without your teeth.
Worried that you’ve already caused harm to your teeth? Let us take a look. Contact Sehnert Precision Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in Lewisville, Texas, and the surrounding areas. We can’t wait for you to become part of our dental family.