The 5 Worst Things You Can Do to Your Teeth

By Montefiore Medical Center
August 15, 2016

It’s common knowledge that brushing daily and flossing regularly contributes significantly to healthy teeth, but many of us don’t think about the things we do every day that may be wreaking havoc on our pearly whites. Being aware of daily habits that may be harming your teeth is the first step to better oral care. To preserve your teeth for years to come, avoid the following:

Consuming Harmful Products
Tobacco products stain your teeth and can lead to gum disease. And the acids in red and white wine lead to eroding tooth enamel and tooth discoloration. If you smoke, consider a cessation program not only for your oral health but for better overall health. And if you drink wine, swish with water to rinse away the lingering substances that can cause tooth damage.

Using Your Teeth as a Tool
Before you rip into that bag of chips with your teeth, consider that you could be doing major damage to your teeth. Make chewing the primary job of your teeth, and reach for the scissors or other appropriate tool the next time you need to open something.

Grinding Your Teeth at Night
Many people grind their teeth during sleep without even realizing it. If you wake with a headache or jaw ache, or if you don’t feel rested, you may be grinding your teeth. Wearing a mouth guard at night can prevent any damage you may be doing while sleeping. Talk to your dentist about the best treatment for you.

Sticky Sweets
Candies that stick to your teeth are major culprits for tooth decay because the sugar from these treats can sit on your enamel for a long period of time and lead to acid buildup. And candy isn’t the only offender. Soda is not only loaded with sugar but with phosphoric and citric acids which eat away tooth enamel.

Skipping Your Dental Visit
Perhaps one of the best ways you can keep your teeth healthy is with routine dental visits. In addition to brushing and flossing daily, be sure to visit your dentist twice a year for regular cleanings and checkups.

Want to learn more about maintaining good oral health? Contact the Montefiore Department of Dentistry.
For more information about any of the services we offer, please contact Drs. Kraut, Rogoff, Newsome and Kakanantadilok. Our office is located in the Bronx and can be reached at 888-700-6623. We look forward to meeting you!

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