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Bad Habits That Are Weakening Your Teeth

You trust your teeth to do their job. They help you eat, talk, and look great in pictures. And you’d like to keep it that way. 

To that end, Arman Dayan, DDS, and our team at Dental Arts of Beverly Hills offer a broad range of dental care, including cosmetic dentistry. Our goal is to keep your smile healthy and looking its best. 

With that in mind, we’re highlighting seven habits that are weakening your teeth. 

Smoking

Smoking stains your teeth. On top of that, it can heighten your risk for mouth cancer. To keep your teeth healthy and bright — and to keep yourself healthy in general — create a quit-smoking plan

Drinking too much of certain beverages

Cola works against your teeth in two ways. First, the sugar in it promotes tooth decay. Secondly, the dark color and acidity can stain your teeth over time. 

In general, try to moderate your consumption of sugary beverages (including soda, fruit juice, and sports drinks). Additionally, watch how much coffee and wine you drink. Both can stain your teeth, too. 

Opening things with your teeth

Your teeth aren’t tools. Using them as such can contribute to cracking or chipping. Save yourself the emergency trip to the dentist, and grab a pair of scissors instead. 

Brushing too hard

You brush your teeth to promote your oral health. However, if you’re using a toothbrush with hard bristles or applying too much pressure, you could actually be wearing away your enamel, the protective coating on your teeth’s exterior. 

Also, brushing too hard can cause gum recession, exposing more of your teeth and putting them at risk. 

Chewing on your pen or pencil

It’s a habit you’ve probably tried to kick during the pandemic. If you haven’t nixed it yet, here’s another reason to work on it: your teeth. Regularly chewing on hard objects taxes them much more than eating normally would, so try your best to lay off. 

Similarly, don’t chew on ice cubes, either. 

Grinding your teeth

It can be hard to know you grind your teeth at night unless you have a partner who tells you. But keep an eye on how you feel in the morning. If you wake up with a sore jaw or a headache, it could be a sign of bruxism (teeth grinding).

If you do, Dr. Dayan can fit you with a nightguard to protect your smile while you sleep. 

Skipping your biannual dentist visit

To keep your teeth healthy and strong, it’s important that you visit the dentist twice a year. This gives you the opportunity to have your teeth thoroughly cleaned, plus it allows your dentist to check for any oral health issues before they become pressing.

If you’re ready to schedule your dental checkup, call our office, or book an appointment with us online today.

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