You probably didn’t realise these bad habits are ruining your teeth…. 12



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When someone says ‘you’re ruining your teeth’ it is usually when your biting or chewing something, but it’s not always as obvious as that – you could be damaging your chompers without realising.

That’s right – some of our my natural habits can be doing huge amounts of damage to our teeth, right under our nose.

So next time you have the urge to do one of the below, consider your pearly whites.

Grinding teeth

Some people believe they aren’t grinding their teeth when they really are – it’s actually quite common. Your dentist will be able to tell and give you solutions, however bruxism is typically caused by stress – so try to eliminate it.

Cough lollies

Just because cough drops are sold in pharmacies doesn’t mean they’re healthy – most are loaded with sugar. After soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to drink some water and chew gum.

Opening packages with your teeth

It can be tempting to use your teeth to open bottles or plastic packaging with your teeth when there aren’t any scissors but it is damaging your teeth every time you do it. Cracks or chips can appear, so keep your teeth just for eating!

Chewing ice

This seemingly harmless habit can wreak havoc on your teeth, causing breakages and sensitivity issues. Just because ice melts doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be treated like a rock in your mouth!

Fruit juice

Fruit juice might be loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but unfortunately most juices are also full with sugar. Look for juice that has no added sugar or reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water. Squeezing your own juice is the best way, however all juice natural or not is acidic and not recommended for every meal.

Constant snacking

Snacking produces less saliva than a meal, leaving food bits in your teeth for hours longer. Avoid snacking too frequently, and stick to snacks that are low in sugar and starch such as fruit or veges.

Dried fruit

While some fresh fruits are actually considered good for your teeth, dried fruits never are. This is because dried fruits are packed with non-cellulose fibre, which traps sugar on and around teeth the way candy does.

White wine

Some drinkers believe red wine is the worst drink for your teeth but white is no better. The acid in white wine eats away at your enamel and leaves teeth vulnerable to stains from other foods or drinks. One way to reverse or reduce the affects of white wine on your teeth is to eat cheese with your wine to act as a buffer.

Brushing too hard

It might seem like it’s doing you good but a worn down toothbrush and sensitive teeth are often telltale signs that your toothbrush is causing more damage than good. Try a brush with softer bristles and a technique where you aren’t pressing down. Electric toothbrushes are great at cleaning whilst being gentle.

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  1. Having babies.. opening old beers bottle caps from beer bottles. The pickaxe bottle cap types.. n other nasty illegal stuff

  2. I’ve been drinking lemon juice every morning for a long time,and I think the enamel is wearing off my teeth? Anyone else experience this?

    5 REPLY
    • Catherine the dentist told me that, I eat a lot of lemons, just peel them and eat them like oranges, but I have slowed down ever since he told me, he also told me make sure you rinse your mouth out after eating them and I suppose it would be the same with Lemon juice. Lemons are very acidic

    • Mike here-used to get the same effect with grapefruit which ate a lot of , don’t eat it now since the doctor told me that it reacted with my warfarin medication too.

    • Yes,Mike have heard Grapefruit while taking Warfarin is a big no no. It’s hard to know these things,until something drastic happens.

  3. Floss every day, if your mouth is dry (usually from medication ) you can use biotin, over the counter at your pharmacy. Chew chewing gum, the chewing increases saliva, saliva is the buffer between your teeth and the start of decay. It does not matter if the chewy has sugar that is gone in a few minutes.
    Acids strip the teeth of their enamel, acids contained in fruit juices, vinegar, lemons, sweets (the sugar becomes an acid)
    Most of all you must protect your gums with regular flossing and brushing. Use a small soft brush, or an electric toothbrush. I buy children’s brushes. If your gums bleed start flossing, if your gums are red and slightly protruding this is a sign of gum disease (periodontal disease ) see your dentist.

  4. I have to wear a splint (mouth guard) at night now because I grit my teeth and grind and I’ve cracked 3 teeth and had to have one extracted because it was cracked right through and two crowns. I stopped opening packets with my teeth because it doesn’t seem to work any more, neither does biting cotton.

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