- On April 13, 2016
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- Bad habits that are harmful to your teeth, brush teeth too hard, Chewing ice, coffee or tea, grinding teeth, use teeth to open bottle
Brushing Too Hard
With so much emphasis on how important it is to brush your teeth thoroughly, it’s easy to assume that harder is better. Although brushing well is key to healthy teeth and gums, there is actually such as a thing as overdoing it. Toothbrush abrasion can lead to sensitive teeth and receding gums. According to The Wall Street Journal, dentists estimate that between 10 to 20 percent of the population have damaged their teeth or gums as a direct result of over brushing. Counterintuitive as it may seem, brushing really hard isn’t necessary to remove plaque. Using an electric tooth brush can ensure a thorough brushing with a soft, even pressure that won’t damage your teeth and gums. We offer the OralB Vitality electric toothbrush at Hildebrand Dental. It’s inexpensive and will leave your teeth feeling fresh and clean after every brushing!
Grinding Your Teeth
Most people don’t even know if they are grinding their teeth as it happens when they’re sleeping. Ask your spouse or other loved ones to let you know if they hear you grinding at night. A sign that you may be grinding is a dull headache or sore jaw when you wake up in the morning. Ask Dr. Robin or Dr. Matt to examine your mouth to see if there is excessive wear and tear on your teeth. Grinding your teeth over time can result in migraines, jaw and/or neck pain, misshapen, worn, and even broken teeth. These problems can lead to dependence on pain medication, the need for cosmetic dentistry or other major dental work. At Hildebrand Dental, we can fit you with a custom night guard to protect your teeth from grinding and relieve the accompanying pain.
Coffee or Tea?
When it comes to the universal question, coffee or tea, most of us assume tea is easier on our teeth. Unfortunately, that simply isn’t the case. Tea might be even more likely to stain teeth than coffee due to its higher tannin content. The good news is that Hildebrand Dental has some tips to help prevent it. Try sipping it through a straw. Brushing your teeth immediately after you drink a cup of tea isn’t always practical, especially if you’re drinking it all day long, but if you have a regular ritual at a particular time of day, it isn’t too hard to find a few extra minutes to mitigate the damage. Even easier is drinking a glass of water immediately after finishing a cup of tea, as it dilutes the amount of tannin in your mouth and counts toward your daily quota of 8 glasses of water. Talk to Dr. Robin or Dr. Matt about starting a teeth whitening regimen that you can do at home. Hildebrand Dental offers custom home teeth whitening kits, as well as in office teeth whitening that can drastically change the shade of your teeth in just one visit. Coffee takes its toll on your teeth in much the same way that tea does. The best course of action is to visit Hildebrand Dental for regular cleanings so they can remove many of the surface stains on your teeth, giving you a whiter smile, no matter how many cups of coffee you need to power through your day.
Using Your Teeth as a Bottle Opener
You can brush your teeth, floss religiously, and get regular dental checkups and cleanings, but if you use your teeth as a bottle opener, you will wreak havoc on even the healthiest pearly whites. So before you put your teeth to work uncapping that bottle of Maple syrup, ask yourself if you feel lucky today. Before you know what happened, you could be chewing on little pieces of your tooth, which will do more than ruin your French toast breakfast. Remember your teeth aren’t made of metal like a can opener, so use tools designed for the job at hand. However, if you do find yourself with a chipped or broken tooth, call Hildebrand Dental. We’ll take care of you and your teeth will look good as new!
It’s hot outside. Your mouth is dry. You gulp down an ice cold soda until all that’s left in the glass is the ice. Most people think of ice as nature’s hard candy. What could be bad? It’s just frozen water. Water never hurt anyone right? Unfortunately, that’s not true. Ice is hard and freezing cold, the combination is a recipe for major dental work. It can cause your teeth to fracture, requiring crowns or even surgical extraction. If you can’t give up the ice, then just let it melt slowly rather than chomping down on it. If you insist on having something to chew on, grab a handful of celery sticks or carrots.