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Bad Dental Habits to Stop Before the End of Winter

Posted on 1/27/2017 by Dr. Brahmbhatt
A woman chewing onto a piece of ice causing damage to her oral health.
You do your best to take care of your teeth. You brush twice a day, every day, and floss diligently. You even make sure to keep your dental visits every six months. These are great dental habits to be in, but there are also some bad ones that you're doing, and you may not even know it. Here are a few bad dental habits that you should stop before the end of winter.

Brushing Too Hard

You might be brushing your teeth twice a day, and that's great, but did you know that brushing too hard can be bad for you? It might seem that the harder you brush the better you can remove plaque buildup on your teeth, but you're doing more harm than good.

Brushing too hard can cause wear to your enamel, the protective outer surface of your teeth. You can also do damage to your gums, which can then lead to gum recession. This can increase your risk for developing tooth decay and tooth sensitivity.


Smoking, or any tobacco containing product for that matter, floods your body with well over one hundred harmful chemicals. Some, such as tar and nicotine, can lead to stains on your teeth. Tobacco products are also the leading cause of oral cancer, which has an extremely high mortality rate if not detected and treated earlier.

Too Many Staining Beverages
Certain beverages - coffee, tea, red wine - contain pigments that can cause stains on your teeth. These stains can be difficult to remove. For this reason, you may want to consider limiting your intake.

Clenching and Grinding

Stress is the biggest cause of bruxism, or grinding and clenching of your teeth. This action, whether it's during the day or night, can wear down your teeth or cause tiny fractures, as you are putting an unnecessary amount of pressure on your teeth. Instead, find ways to deal with your stress.

Taking care of your teeth involves more than just a good oral hygiene routine. Keep your teeth safe and healthy and quit those bad habits that can cause them harm. Your teeth will thank you for it. Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.

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