Here at our offices, we frequently see patients who have unknowingly damaged their teeth through bad habits. While some of these habits may seem innocuous, they can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Here are five things you may be making that will ruin your teeth:


1. Not Brushing Properly

Brushing your teeth is an essential part of maintaining good oral health. However, many people do not brush their teeth properly. Some people brush their teeth too hard, which can lead to enamel erosion and gum recession. Others do not brush their teeth for long enough or do not brush all the surfaces of their teeth.


To brush your teeth properly, use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Make sure to brush all the surfaces of your teeth, including the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces. Use gentle circular motions, and do not brush too hard.


2. Eating Too Many Sugary or Acidic Foods

Sugary and acidic foods can be detrimental to your teeth. When you eat sugary foods, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid, which can erode your tooth enamel. Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits and soft drinks, can also erode your enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to decay.


To protect your teeth, limit your consumption of sugary and acidic foods. Instead, choose foods that are high in calcium, such as dairy products, and foods that are high in fiber, such as fruits and vegetables. Drinking plenty of water can also help wash away bacteria and acids from your teeth.


3. Using Your Teeth as Tools

Many people use their teeth as tools, such as opening bottle caps or tearing open packages. Using your teeth in this way can cause them to chip or crack. It can also damage your dental restorations, such as fillings and crowns.


To avoid damaging your teeth, use the right tools for the job. Use scissors to open packages and a bottle opener to open bottles. If you have a habit of chewing on pencils or pens, try to break that habit as well.


4. Ignoring Dental Issues

Some people ignore dental issues, such as toothaches or bleeding gums, hoping that they will go away on their own. However, dental problems rarely go away on their own and can lead to more significant issues down the line.

If you experience any dental issues, make an appointment with us right away. We can diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate treatment to prevent further damage.



5. Skipping Dental Check-Ups

Regular dental check-ups are essential for maintaining good oral health. During a check-up, we can detect any potential dental issues before they become more significant problems. We’ll also provide preventive care, such as cleanings and fluoride treatments, to keep your teeth healthy.


To maintain good oral health, make sure to schedule regular dental check-ups with us. We recommend check-ups every six months, but if you’re experiencing specific issues, that might change. 

In conclusion, maintaining good oral health requires more than just brushing your teeth twice a day. By avoiding these five common mistakes, you can help keep your teeth healthy and prevent dental issues down the line. If you have any concerns about your oral health, be sure to schedule a consultation with us today.