No one awakens in the morning with the thought, “Hmm, let’s see how I can stain or chip my teeth today.” Still, your dentist warns that you may have some habits that may seem harmless yet are detrimental to the wellness of your teeth. As you read on, you’ll learn about them so you can make the correct adjustments and prevent any mishaps.
Are You Prone to Falling?
If you’re a person who is more likely to stumble when you’re walking, then it’s imperative to be very careful. Thus, you should avoid texting or becoming distracted while moving about to prevent any falls that could lead to a chipped, broken or even dislodged tooth.
Do You Play Sports?
If you’re involved in any type of sporting event, then participating without a mouthguard is a risky endeavor. Whenever there are people moving around at a fast pace, there is a chance of a collision, which could result in a chipped tooth.
The Problem with Highly Pigmented Foods and Beverages
If you consume an abundance of highly pigmented items like tea, coffee, wine or tomato sauce, then your teeth are more prone to becoming stained. One option is to limit your consumption of such items. The other solution is to use a straw to drink the liquids.
Additionally, you can better protect your smile by practicing excellent oral hygiene.
Is Your Mouth an Extension of Your Tool Set?
A bad habit that many people develop in childhood is to use their mouth as a tool to pry open packages or to twist the tops of beverages. Not only can this lead to a chipped tooth, but it can also spell a dental emergency. Such activities should be left for the tools that were designed for that function.
The Issue with Smoking or Chewing Tobacco
Smoking or chewing tobacco causes harmful toxins to be released in your mouth that can cause stubborn stains to develop. The best way to prevent this from happening is to stop using such products.
Until that’s done, it’s of the utmost importance to brush and floss at least two times a day to attempt to remove the leftover particles before they can completely settle.
Do You Eat Hard Foods?
Your teeth are covered by a material called enamel, which is the hardest substance in the human body. Still, it is vulnerable to being damaged because it is designed to come in contact with substances that are softer than it.
Thus, attempting to bite into corn kernels, ice or hard candies can become problematic and cause your teeth to chip or break. The safest route to take is to stick to softer foods that don’t leave you susceptible to a dental emergency.
By making subtle changes in your daily habits, you can improve the image and health of your teeth and prevent any unwanted mishaps or smile blemishes.
About the Author
Dr. Tim Stirneman is a graduate of Creighton University Dental School, where he earned a DDS degree. Since then, he has remained a dedicated learner, taking over 100 hours of continuing education annually. Dr. Stirneman helps patients enjoy the best in dental health at Compassionate Dental Care, and he can be reached for more information through his website.