Habits that Can Harm Your Teeth

You work hard to keep your smile healthy and attractive, but did you know that some habits might actually be harming your teeth? Learning positive dental habits can keep your smile just the way you want it for a lifetime of naturally beautiful smiles.

1. Bathing your teeth in acid
Most people would not deliberately apply acid to their teeth, but many of them enjoy sucking on lemons and drinking soda or juice. These are all high in natural acids and can eventually erode the enamel on your teeth. Enamel erosion is a common cause of tooth sensitivity, but it can also discolor your teeth and leave them more vulnerable to decay. Limit your intake of acidic drinks and snacks, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after enjoying any acidic substance.

2. Brushing too vigorously
Brushing and flossing your teeth are essential to good dental health, but brushing too hard can have the opposite effect. It can scratch your enamel and damage your gums. Instead, use a brush with soft bristles, and brush using soft, gentle circular moves. Brush every surface of your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.

3. Using your teeth as tools
Teeth are handy and always with us, but do not use them for opening packages or tearing off tags. This can chip your teeth and damage your jaw. Use scissors, bottle openers and other tools to get the job done.

Contact our office today to learn more about keeping your teeth healthy or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.

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