Just like any part of your body – your teeth take much more of a beating than you may realize. From what you eat and drink, to the ways you use your teeth that you probably shouldn’t be, everything from the enamel protecting your teeth to the actual shape of your teeth can be impacted by your habits.
With that in mind, it’s important to be mindful of what you’re doing to your teeth – so that you can be more aware of how you can protect them. So our dental team in Garden Grove has come together to put together a list of the 3 habits you might not realize could be seriously hurting your teeth.
Too Much Snacking
Eating too many snacks isn’t just a problem for the size of your jeans. When you eat snacks, it allows food debris, sugars, and all manner of junk to hang out in your mouth for much longer than you probably intend. This is especially true when you aren’t drinking water to rinse everything down. Too much snacking can lead to sugar lingering far longer than you want it to, which can produce more acids than you would if you were simply eating your standard 3 meals a day. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t snack – it just means you should be more aware of what you’re putting into your mouth so that you can either brush, rinse, or simply drink more water throughout the day.
For some people, chewing ice is simply a fact of life. Part nervous habit, part “comfort food” chewing ice is a daily thing for people everywhere. Unfortunately, the hardness of ice can contribute to tiny cracks on your teeth – which can then grow into much larger, more problematic cracks.
Do you ever wake up with a headache? If so, it probably means you’re grinding your teeth at night – which can be caused by a number of factors ranging from genetics and what you eat or drink before bed – to anxiety. If you’re noticing headaches or jaw pain in the morning do speak to your dentist about the best available options for you. Why? Because grinding can slowly file away your teeth, contribute to sensitivity, and cause even more serious problems like cracks and fractures.
Have a question about your teeth? We’re here to answer your concerns. If you’re a dental patient in the Orange County or Garden Grove area, our friendly team of dentists, hygienists, and oral surgeons can help make sure your teeth are healthy for years to come.