While we try to take good care of our teeth, we all slip up now and then and do something that can damage them. Sometimes, we’re not even aware that what we’re doing can hurt our teeth. So to help you, your dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych has compiled a list of the top five dental don’ts to share with you. Take a moment to review the list to see if you’re guilty of one or more of them.
After you finish your beverage, do you chew the ice? Did you know that the brittleness and cold temperature of ice cubes can actually cause teeth to fracture, or cause tiny cracks in the surface of the enamel, which could result in bigger dental problems?
Your dentist Columbia finds that his patients rely on their teeth for a number of odd tasks ranging from opening a bag of chips to removing a price tag from a piece of clothing. This can be traumatizing to your teeth, causing the edge of a tooth to chip off or even fracture. Think about what you’re putting in your mouth before you use your teeth as instruments.
Grinding your teeth – which is often the result of a nervous habit caused by anxiety - can wear them down whether you’re grinding them during the day, at night, or both. Your dentist Columbia may suggest wearing a mouth guard at night if that is when the grinding is occurring.
Ask your dentist or hygienist what toothbrush is best for maintaining your dental health, depending on your individual gum and tooth conditions.
Some people floss and brush their teeth regularly, but sometimes that’s not enough. You should brush twice a day, and be sure to replace your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every three or four months. You should be flossing daily, too. If you aren't sure if you’re flossing properly, ask your dentist or your hygienist for a demonstration on your next visit.
For more information on how you might be unknowingly damaging your teeth, call the office of dentist Columbia Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule an appointment!