Bad Habits That Will Destroy Your Teeth
We all have bad habits we wish we could stop and many of us even make New Year’s resolutions out of them. Somewhere along the following months after New Year’s we end up forgetting what we set our minds to, why we wanted to uphold our wishes, and end up making the same resolutions the following year. The cycle never ends, but this year I’d like for you to make a few resolutions for your oral health. For many of you, some of these will prevent you from visiting the dentist for an emergency.
Nail biting, also know as Onychophagia, is one of those bad habits we have as kids but sometimes we grow and our childhood habits follow us into our adulthood. When I was a kid, my mother would tell me constantly to stop biting my nails and she would slap my hands whenever she saw me do that. Luckily for me, I stopped biting my nails, but I never quite understood why she kept telling me to stop.
As I grew up I found out that biting nails obviously harms the appearance of my hands and nails, but it also harms your teeth. Some people who chronically bite their nails can develop an oral compulsive habit called parafunctional activity that could lead to an oral hygiene problem where your teeth could start shifting because you’re biting on a foreign object. Your teeth could also chip, break, and crack, especially your front teeth since most nail biting is done with them.
If you’re a nail biter, I’d definitely put this on your New Year’s resolution list.
The title is a bit deceiving, but many of us have a habit of biting on objects such as pens, pencils, straws, eyeglasses, and toothpicks whenever we try to concentrate very hard or if we’re thinking about something. We tend to do this unintentionally and that at times results in teeth breaking, cracking, and even shifting since we’re putting so much pressure on these non-food items. Continuing these habits could lead you to see a dentist for an emergency. My suggestion would be to use those items for their intended purposes and keep them out of your mouth, unless you’re using toothpicks to clean between your teeth. Even then, be careful, because you could accidentally injure your gums.
How Much I Love Soda
I’m sure most of you are soda drinkers just like I am, but I’m not sure how many of you know how bad soda is for our teeth or why it’s bad in the first place. Carbonated soft drinks or soda are extremely acidic, so when you drink them, they actually destroy your enamel and make you more prone to tooth decay. That’s what acid does to our teeth. What makes it worse is when you sip on soda very slowly or allow it to run through your teeth. When you do that, you’re practically bathing your teeth in acid, which will corrode your enamel. Watch this video so you can see soda in action.
As for me, my own New Year’s resolution for this year is to cut soda out of my diet completely. I do enjoy it from time to time, but I this year is when I’ll cut it out completely. It’s been a lengthy process for me as I was drinking less and less soda each year. So if I can do it, you can do it too!