Harmful Habits You Must Be Aware Of

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You do many things subconsciously daily without realizing that it can cause harm and be damaging to your teeth. Here are some of the conditions that may hurt your teeth listed below. If you find that this is something that you are currently doing, you may want to reconsider stopping before it leads to a harmful habit.

  1. You are clenching your teeth. There are times where you clench your jaws in anger, tension, or deep concentration. Clenching your teeth too much will add friction that can cause the teeth to become loose over time.
  2. Teeth grinding occurs when you are sleeping; you may grind your teeth without realizing it. Ask your dentist if you can be prescribed a customized nightguard to prevent further damage.
  3. Excessive mouth rinsing. Using mouthwash multiple times a day allows you to have that deep clean feeling, but the downside is that it can cause your teeth to be sensitive. The rinse can damage your dentin and strip your enamel in overdue amounts.
  4. Pregnancies. A pregnant woman will see more blood from their gums when they brush. Pregnant women can be more susceptible to gingivitis and have a higher chance of cavities. It is imperative to schedule checkups during pregnancy stages.
  5. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This happens when your lower jaw is locked or jammed and can cause pain when you chew or use your jaw.
  6. Teeth whitening. At-home teeth whitening kits such as whitening strips can also be partially damaging to your teeth due to teeth throbbing. The teeth sensitivity can start within 2-3 days into treatment and may cause gum irritations.
  7. Gum recession. Gums begin to recede as they pull back from your teeth, leaving the teeth to be exposed more and causing an aching sensation. This can be an early sign of gum disease, so be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist to ensure available treatment.
  8. Dieting. It is nearly essential what you put in your body and the amount. Foods that are high in acid will wear away the tooth enamel and leave the teeth less protected. It is best to eliminate or lessen consumptions such as candies, coffee, citrus fruits (lemon, oranges), and carbonated drinks.
  9. Stomach acid. People with gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic alcoholism, bulimia, or pregnancy cause them to throw up too much, which can cause harm to the teeth. The stomach acid is very potent and can damage your teeth enamel the more your throw up.
  10. Dehydration. Water is the primary source of your body and what keeps your body functioning correctly. With a lack of water intake, you may feel your body is far from being healthy, and more health issues will develop.
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