Did you know that there are a number of bad habits that can affect your dental health even if you brush, floss and visit your local dental office regularly? Here they are:

Brushing too hard:

Applying too much pressure when you brush your teeth can actually do far more damage than you may realize. It can wear down tooth enamel, damage your gums, cause cavities and increase tooth sensitivity. To help avoid brushing too hard, use a soft bristle toothbrush and mimic a polishing motion rather than a scrubbing motion when cleaning your teeth.

Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw:

This is a common reaction to stress and anxiety – and you may not even be aware you are doing it as it often happens while you are asleep. It puts a lot of pressure on the muscles and joints of your jaw, causing headaches and migraines as well as worn enamel, chipped teeth and damage to the soft tissues in your mouth. Your cosmetic dentistry specialist can help diagnose and treat this habit by prescribing a comfortable, effective night guard.

Chewing on ice:

This habit, while it seems harmless, is actually one of the top causes of chipped and broken teeth. Your cosmetic dentist can apply crowns to any damaged teeth to strengthen the tooth and restore it’s appearance, but we will also recommend that you switch to shaved ice to break this potentially painful habit.


Sucking on lemons, drinking soda and alcohol are all bad habits when it comes to your oral health. The high acid content in these products is a powerful corrosive, eating away at the enamel on your teeth. This makes them weak as well as highly sensitive to temperature. While a cosmetic dentist can restore your teeth using crowns or porcelain veneers, it’s best to prevent damage in the first place by rinsing your mouth with water after a drink.

For more information on maintaining your oral health or to book an appointment at our general and cosmetic dentistry practice, please contact us today.