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Bad Dental Habits That Destroy Your Teeth

Teeth Grinding & TMJ Treatment in Millburn, NJ | Millburn Dental Arts

Our Millburn NJ dental office is here to help you maintain a better smile and get your teeth clean and natural-looking. You can improve your oral health with a visit to Millburn Dental Arts, whether that’s for dental cleanings and exams or restorative dentistry .

Millburn Dental Arts works with every patient to ensure they have a healthy smile and good at-home oral health practices. In addition to brushing and flossing, you need to be aware of how some dental habits can ruin your teeth. Today we want to highlight a few bad habits that put you at risk of dental injuries, dental decay, or even gum disease.

Frequently Grinding or Clenching Teeth

Grinding or clenching teeth is usually an involuntary habit that happens during sleep. Millions of Americans clench or grind their teeth. The problem is that this habit can lead to enamel erosion, gum recession, and even increase the risk of dental fractures. People who habitually grind or clench often experience frequent headaches and jaw pains. We’re treating this habit with a small device known as a splint that prevents the teeth from touching.  

Consuming Too Much Sugar

Sugar is often seen as Public Enemy No. 1 for dentists. That’s for good reason. Snacks, candy, and soda are all chalked with sugar. Too much sugar can lead to an increase risk of cavities. Our mouths contain a variety of bacteria, even if we clean our teeth regularly. Sugar is one of the substances that can mix with that bacteria to create acids that eat away at the enamel of the teeth. If you have an issue with cavities, consider reducing your sugar content.

Chomping on Ice or Using Teeth as Tools

Your teeth are not tools for opening packaging, and some things are just too hard to bite. People who frequently chomp on ice risk breaking teeth or wearing down the enamel of their teeth. Consider leaving the ice out of your drinks to get over the urge of chomping on ice. 

Too Much Acidity

Similar to sugar, foods high in acid can damage your enamel. Sour foods or citrus foods are generally extremely acidic, and too much acid will soften the enamel and even cause tooth discoloration. If you’re going to consume foods high in acid ( or sugar) be sure to rinse your mouth out with water.

Not Brushing Correctly

It’s recommended that your brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes a day. The American Dental Association has found that two minutes is enough time for people to clean every corner of their mouths. And, it’s important to never scrub your teeth too hard. Plaque is a soft substance that is easy to remove, so it’s not necessarily to brush hard.  

Schedule A Consultation With Us

One thing we pride ourselves on is our ability to work with every patients on their smile goals and oral health. You are welcome to sit down with Dr. Krosser or our hygienists to discuss your nutritional or at-home hygiene program. And, if you haven’t schedule your next dental cleaning and exam, give us a call today at (973) 957-1604 to schedule your visit.

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