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There are many things that we do without thinking that are bad for our teeth. It is important to be more conscious of what you are doing because it might be adversely affecting your teeth. If you are more aware, you will be more likely to make the changes necessary to maintain good oral health.

Some common bad habits that cause dental damage and should be avoided are:

– Drinking Soda: Drinking soda, even sugarless soda is very bad for teeth. We are all aware that sugar is bad for teeth, but sugar isn’t the only thing in soda that is bad for teeth. Studies have shown that the acidity levels of both diet and regular soda cause damage to tooth enamel. Once tooth enamel has been compromised, teeth are left more vulnerable to cavities, other decay and yellowing.

– Brushing Too Hard: Just as not brushing enough is bad for your teeth, brushing too hard can also affect your teeth and gums. If you brush too hard with a hard-bristled brush, you can even wear away tooth enamel. For this reason, it is important to use a soft bristle brush and not stray from the recommended oral health regimen (brushing for two minutes twice a day). Also, it is important to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing because doing so may accidentally give the food (especially if it was acidic) more power to wear down your enamel.

– Biting and Chewing: A bad habit that you may have is to bite or chew on various things like their nails, pen caps, ice cubes, erasers and so on. For obvious reasons, chewing on items that are not food is bad for teeth, because it can chip and crack the enamel and has even been known to cause tooth avulsions (knocked-out teeth). It is also important not to use your teeth as tools to either open or rip something.

– Snacking: Snacking throughout the day is another leading cause of tooth damage because it leaves your teeth exposed to food particles for longer periods of time. When food particles are given more uninterrupted time to sit on your teeth and their supporting tissues, they have more time to erode enamel and cause cavities.

If maintaining a healthy smile is your goal, we suggest, here at Preferred Dental in Santa Rosa, California, that you avoid or try to break any of the habits listed above. If you have any questions about what habits are bad for your teeth call at 707-544-8338 to schedule an appointment with our capable doctor, Dr. Amirhassan Pouradib.