Five common items that could be hurting your teeth

These five common items could be hurting your teethSome dental “don’s” are obvious – don’t skip brushing, don’t skip flossing, don’t skip your regular dental exams. But there are some things we put between our teeth and in our mouths that can cause a lot of damage over time. Here are some items that need to stay out of your mouth altogether if you want to avoid harming your dental health.

1.) Lemons

Chewing on lemons can harm your smile because the acidity can corrode tooth enamel. Repeated exposure to acidic foods can cause tooth enamel to erode, creating a rough texture on the surface of teeth and making them more susceptible to decay.

2.) Firm toothbrushes

Brushing your teeth too hard or using a stiff bristle brush can wear down your enamel, damage your gums and even cause cavities. Instead, use a soft bristle toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). That means the bristles are firm enough to remove plaque, but soft enough to not cause damage to your gums or teeth.

3.) Ice cubes

They’re mostly harmless, as long as they stay put in your glass. You should be careful that they don’t hit into your teeth when your drink, and the extreme cold and hardness of ice cubes can damage your teeth if you chew on them. Teeth are designed to crush things, not slam against them, so even if crushed ice seems easy to chew, it’s not good for your teeth.

4.) Pencils

Don’t put pencils (or pens or your glasses or straight pins) between your teeth because you might not realize how much pressure you’re creating when you bite down on non-food items. Biting on a pencil can break teeth and/or dental work or even cause teeth to shift.

5.) Wooden toothpicks

Toothpicks are designed to help you keep the areas between your teeth clean, but you have to use them properly so they don’t harm your gums. So don’t get too aggressive with toothpicks, and avoid the wooden ones that are often available at the restaurant check out counter.

To learn about more important dental health “don’ts,” make your appointment today: Call (304) 754-8803.


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