4 Bad Habits That Are Also Bad For Your Teeth
ALERT: You could be damaging your teeth without even knowing it.
There are more than a few everyday habits that seem innocent but which may actually be doing damage to your mouth, and harming your teeth. Here are the worst offenders and how to avoid them.
Using your teeth as a tool.
We’re all guilty of prying packaging or ripping tags off with our teeth, but that needs to stop! Instead, use an actual tool, like scissors, or invest in a small multi-tool keychain so you’re always prepared.
Biting your fingernails.
Biting your nails is unhygienic and puts you at risk of catching illnesses, and can also permanently damage the nail. Furthermore, just like using your teeth as a tool, it can do damage to your teeth. Try kicking the habit by getting a manicure.
While it may feel refreshing, chewing ice puts a great deal of unnecessary pressure on your teeth. If you really must chew something, try sugar-free gum. And if you have persistent urges, talk to your doctor. Studies show iron deficiency anemia may make people more likely to chew ice.
Using toothpicks incorrectly.
Frequent and overly aggressive use of toothpicks can damage teeth and gums. If you do have an annoying piece of food stuck in your teeth, dentists agree it’s fine to use toothpicks sparingly and gently, but flossing and brushing are better for your teeth, gums, and mouth.
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