You must beware! These habits could damage your teeth



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  • Teeth play an important role in daily life and can be greatly affected by various factors
  • Some common functions of teeth include supporting digestion by chewing food and making speech easier.
  • Watch Out For These Habits That Could Be Harming Your Oral Health

New Delhi: From aiding digestion by chewing food to aiding speech, teeth play an important role in everyday life. Did you know that the only part of the body that does not have the ability to heal itself is the teeth? This calls for special attention to oral health. Contrary to popular belief, brushing alone will not be enough. Just like your skin care routine, having an elaborate oral care regimen is essential to ensure strong, healthy teeth. Being an integral part of the human body, teeth can be greatly affected by various factors.

Habits that damage teeth

The following habits can damage your teeth:

  1. Use the teeth as a tool: Are you THAT friend in the group that’s popular for smashing open packages, bottles, and stuff with your teeth? The brave show you put on could damage your teeth. Using your teeth as a tool can put them at risk of cracking, chipping and breaking and should therefore be avoided.
  2. Bite one’s nails: Whether it’s due to anxiety or stress, nail biting is not an uncommon habit. Experts have linked this habit to mental health disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Besides being unhygienic, biting your nails can cause tooth damage and jaw dysfunction.
  3. Grinding of teeth: The habit of clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth in anger or anxiety can lead to weakening of the jaw, splintering teeth, and other problems. It can be both a conscious and an unconscious activity.
  4. Snack on ice cream: Do you like to finish your soft drinks by nibbling on the leftover pieces of ice? It’s time to change your habits to avoid damaging your teeth. Eating ice can trigger sensitivity and damage tissues and nerves in the teeth.
  5. To rub your teeth while brushing: Brushing your teeth properly is important to ensure a thorough cleaning of the teeth. However, thoroughly doesn’t mean rough. Brushing your teeth should be done gently with a soft bristle toothbrush for best results. Aggressive brushing can damage the gums and teeth, leading to irritation, inflammation and redness. Here is a guide to brushing your teeth properly.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting a fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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