Bad habits are hard to break but when it comes to teeth, here are six you should consider leaving behind.
1) NAIL BITING
The problem: nail biting can chip and wear teeth.
The solution: identify triggers, reduce stress, try to find something to keep your fingers busy, commit to stop.
2) BRUSHING TOO HARD
The problem: brushing too hard can irritate gums and damage teeth through abrasion
The solution: brushing for two minutes twice a day is best — use a soft toothbrush and don’t apply too much pressure.
The problem: grinding can cause chipped or cracked teeth in addition to joint pain and muscle pain.
The solution: a mouthguard for nighttime, relaxation exercises.
4) CHEWING ICE CUBES
The problem: broken or chipped teeth.
The solution: just say no.
5) CONSTANT SNACKING
The problem: snacking all day — especially on sugary foods — puts you at higher risk for cavities.
The solution: if you need to snack, try to stay away from sugar. And follow the snack with a glass of water to rinse away leftover food.
6) USING YOUR TEETH AS TOOLS
The problem: using your teeth as scissors, pliers, etc. which can chip, break, or wear teeth.
The solution: take the time to get the right tool –– not your teeth –– to get the job done.