You teeth have plenty of enemies out there, and it is your job to protect them. Some of those enemies aren’t that hard to avoid, while others may just be bad habits.
Believe it or not, you can harm your teeth trying to help them. If you brush too hard or too vigorously or if you use a toothbrush with hard bristles, you can not only wear out your toothbrush but you can damage the enamel on your teeth and cause problems for your gums. If you enjoy cold drinks and chew on the ice cubes, you run the risk of chipping or cracking one of your teeth. Eating hard foods and chewing on pens or pencils can have the same effect. If you suffer from bruxism, which is the grinding or clenching of your teeth, you can damage the structure of the tooth, or the enamel and can even create alignment problems over time. If you are in the habit of opening packages with your teeth, and many of us are, you can easily damage a tooth. Biting your nails can also cause problems for your teeth. One of the easiest ways to protect your teeth is to watch what you eat, especially when it comes to snacks. Snacks that contain high levels of sugar or carbohydrates can damage your smile. The acid in your bacteria in your mouth can interact with the sugars and carbs to create acids in your mouth that can cause tooth decay.
Aside from avoiding bad habits, you can also protect your teeth by brushing them twice a day, flossing them once a day, and seeing our dentist, Dr. Sindhu Gundabathula for your regular cleanings and exams. Could you use some help with oral hygiene in Chalfont, Pennsylvania, we’re happy to help. Give Chalfont Dentistry a call today at 215-660-3636 to schedule your appointment.