Many people may revert to oral habits that are bad for their teeth in times of stress. Chewing ice, nail-biting, and brushing teeth too hard are common patterns of behavior that many patients face. Patient health is at the forefront of our dental team. If you are looking for a Greenwood, IN dental office that offers comprehensive dental solutions, call (317) 886-4512 or request an appointment online. We want to review why these habits are bad for teeth and why it is important to correct these behaviors. Learn more below:
Bad Tooth Habits
Biting Your Nails
Biting your nails can cause stress on your jaw and may even chip your teeth. When you bite your nails, your jaw is protruded at an unnatural angle for a prolonged time. This stress on the jaw can cause headaches and general jaw discomfort. If you bite your nails due to stress, try to keep your hands occupied during times of anxiety or stress.
Chewing ice cubes can crack or break your teeth. Especially if you have a dental filling or dental crown, chewing ice is not a good idea. Crowns and fillings are more prone to cracking or falling out when met with the force of hard ice. If you have sensitive teeth, chewing ice can also be painful and irritating. You may also want to use a reusable straw to drink iced beverages if you have sensitive teeth.
Brushing Teeth Forcefully
Treat your gums and teeth gently by not brushing them too hard, as it may cause bleeding gums or swelling. Prolonged forceful brushing may also lead to a receding gum line. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush and treat brushing like a gentle massage for your teeth and gums. Remember to brush at a 45-degree angle to ensure you reach all sides of your teeth.