Strong teeth or bad dental habits? Choice is always yours!!!

Hello friends,how are you guys doing? Hope my this article finds you in best of your physical, mental, and dental health!

I usually like to discuss here the practical aspects of dentistry. I prefer talking about any subject which comes from my patients and intrigues me a lot. Like I have been getting many patients with tooth brush abrasion, attrition of teeth due to excessive clenching of jaws, micro fractures of teeth as the patient liked to chew on ice, hot and cold sensitivities in teeth because patient loved lemon so much.

Interestingly, all of them could not imagine that they have been into all these wrong dental practices all this while. So today here I want to discuss point wise all those thing/practices which are harmful for our dental well being.

Do not brush too hard
imagesBrushing your teeth regularly is part of good oral hygiene, but if you brush too vigorously, or too hard you can cause more harm than good. It can wear down enamel, irritate your gums, make your teeth sensitive to cold, and even cause cavities. To avoid these problems use a soft tooth brush which means the bristles are firm enough to remove plaque, but soft enough not to cause damage. Alternatively you can also use your non dominant hand to brush your teeth because that ways your brain will be more alert while brushing !!

Use Toothpicks Carefully :

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When used properly, toothpicks can help keep the areas between your teeth clean. “If you do it carefully, it is helpful, If you don’t, you are going to hurt your gum tissue.” So be careful not to get too aggressive with that toothpick in your quest for oral hygiene. Use your pick perpendicular to tooth surface and never poke into gums!!!

Lay Off the Lemons: 

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People who suck lemons or drink lemon water in excess may be putting their dental health in jeopardy. Lemons are very acidic, the acidity corrodes the enamel  and repeated exposure creates a rough texture on the surface of your teeth, which can lead to sensitivity or decay!!!

Fond of Soda?  

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Always have a soda on hand? Carbonated drinks are a red signal for your teeth, because they tend to be very acidic. Even if it’s diet, the acidity of [soda] is just corroding your enamel . The effects of soda on teeth are even worse if you slowly sip it over a long period of time. “People don’t realize they are bathing their teeth in acid for an hour. The acidity in soda can lead to dental health problems much like lemon does!!

Do You bite on ice?


 Ice cubes may seem harmless, but the cold temperature and the hardness of ice cubes can cause serious damage to your teeth. Our teeth are designed to crush through things, not against something. Even though crunching ice with your teeth may be easy, keep in mind, that your blender needs special blades to crush ice. This can cause micro fractures in teeth.

Refrain From Jaw Clenching and Tooth Grinding  

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For some people, stress can trigger frequent clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth. There is a severe amount of pressure on your teeth when you do that, and you can get micro fractures or actual fractures in your teeth Micro fractures are weakened areas in your teeth that puts them at risk for further damage. Jaw clenching or tooth grinding can also damage the internal structure of your jaw joints hence causing chronic pain symptoms on sides of face.

Using Teeth as a Tool  

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Teeth has mainly three jobs : chew food properly, speak clearly and look good when we smile.Many people use teeth to remove a tag from clothing or open a packet of wafers or even opening a cork screwed bottle. All this can damage tooth structure so do not use your teeth as a plier or hook .

All these habits can actually lead to some serious problems with teeth which we can easily avoid. Keeping in mind these few things and keeping a check on wrong habits can help us maintaining beautiful and strong teeth.

Till next time

Smile healthy, Live happily

Dr V Thakran & team