Are you harming your teeth? Surprisingly, many of our patients are unaware that many habits are detrimental to their oral health. For patients who have recently had restorative or cosmetic dental work, these bad dental habits may affect the appearance and function of their smiles. Dr. James Fondriest wants his patients to preserve their smiles so that they minimize the likelihood of damaging their teeth or requiring dental work.
Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
Unlike scrubbing dishes, brushing hard will not promote a cleaner mouth. In fact, brushing too hard can cause trauma to the teeth and recession of the gum line. You should brush your teeth softly in small, circular motions to thoroughly clean your teeth.
Forgetting to Floss
Brushing alone does not adequately clean your mouth. Flossing helps remove plaque and food debris in hard-to-reach places and in between the teeth. Plaque hardens into tartar within two days and tartar cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. To avoid tartar buildup, it is important that patients floss their teeth every day.
Chewing on Ice Cubes
Many of us chew on objects that harm our teeth such as ice cubes and pen caps. These habits cause microscopic fractures in tooth enamel. When your tooth enamel is compromised by small fractures, bacteria collect on exposed dentin and attack your tooth’s inner structures. Biting down on hard objects such as ice also leads to tooth fractures.
Drinking Acidic Beverages
Acidic beverages including sports drinks, citrus juice, coffee, tea, and soda contain acids and sugars that are bad for your teeth. Although tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, it can be damaged. Acid is capable of eroding tooth enamel. We suggest that our patients consume these drinks in moderation and rinse their mouths with water afterward.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fondriest, contact our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517. We serve patients from Winnetka, Highland Park, Glenview, North Shore, Lake Forest, and the surrounding Chicago neighborhoods.