While you already know that proper dental care and avoiding sugary foods are things that will help you to keep your teeth in good shape, there is also more you should know about oral care. There are also a lot of different habits that can lead to discolored, chipped, worn or otherwise messed up teeth. You want to make sure you are doing the best that you can to avoid any and all habits that can be taking their toll on your teeth in one way or another. This article will educate you on some bad habits from a dental perspective and explain how they can be damaging to your teeth.
Eating hard candies
It's very bad for your teeth to eat hard candies. If you suck on them then you are exposing your teeth to a constant flow of sugar. If you don't brush after eating the candy then that's even longer that the sugar will remain on the surfaces of your teeth. If you chew on them then you run the risk of chipping your teeth.
Chewing on ice
A lot of people have the habit of chewing on ice. Many don't think they are doing anything wrong because ice is nothing more than frozen water. However, chomping down on hard ice can also cause your teeth to become chipped or even fractured.
Drinking red wine daily
While you may enjoy that glass of red wine at the end of a long day, you should make sure you don't make a habit of it. If you do, then it's important to always brush your teeth afterward. Otherwise, you'll notice your teeth will start to look stained after a while and you will have to have them whitened to get rid of it.
Chewing sugary gum
Chewing sugarless gum can help keep your teeth looking good because it removes food particles from them. However, chewing gum that has sugar in it is bad because it will keep your teeth in constant contact with sugar and lead to a higher risk of cavities.
Drinking energy drinks
Energy drinks and even carbonated soda drinks can be very bad on your teeth. They are full of sugars that increase the chances for cavities and they also contain strong acids that can eat away at the enamel of your teeth which is the strong outer part that's supposed to protect the rest of your teeth.