3 Ways You Are Unknowingly Harming Your Teeth

March 6, 2014 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Dentistry

Dentist appointments, regular care and a healthy diet are all beneficial for your teeth. What you may not know is how you are working against having a healthy smile by doing these five harmful actions:

1.       Using A Hard Bristle Toothbrush

Scrubbing your teeth harder doesn’t mean that you are getting them any cleaner. Using a rough bristle toothbrush and brushing too hard can actually cause heightened sensitivity and significant enamel erosion. Switch to a soft bristle toothbrush for a gentler cleaning process.

2.       Eating Hot Foods And Cold Foods In Succession

When you bite into something piping hot only to take a swig of a cold drink afterwards, your teeth expand and contract rapidly. This action can cause teeth to fracture and crack, so eating slowly and letting teeth cool before drinking ice-cold beverages will help prevent damage.

3.       Utilizing Teeth As A Tool

Absent-mindedly using your teeth to open plastic packages and loosen wrappers or other items can be extremely detrimental. Teeth are built for chewing food and can crack and break when abused in other ways. Using your teeth only for eating and smiling can help save you the pain and expense of future repairs.

To learn more about what habits to avoid to preserve the health of your teeth, call the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 212-288-4455 today!

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