8 Habits That Ruin Your Teeth

  • Brushing your teeth aggressively

Using bristles that are too firm, or pressing down too firmly when brushing, can wear down your gums and teeth causing sensitivity and possible tooth loss.

  • Using tobacco products

Tobacco use puts you at greater risk of periodontal disease (severe gum disease). It contributes to poor health and bad breath. Smokers can have a higher rate of tooth decay and oral cancer than non-smokers.

  • Clenching and grinding your jaw

Clenching and grinding can wear down your teeth and gums over time. It can cause tiny cracks that appear on the enamel of the teeth as well as possible tooth fractures.

  • Misusing your teeth

Chewing hard candy, ice, pens, pencils, your fingernails, or trying to open packages with your teeth can be harmful as you are more likely to break or chip a tooth.

  • Piercings in the mouth

As easy as it is to bite your tongue while eating, you can do the same to inner mouth piercings, causing teeth to chip or break. Over time the constant rubbing against the gum can cause gum recession. Piercings are also likely to carry bacteria which can lead to infection.

  • Brushing too soon after eating

Brushing your teeth straight after consuming acidic foods and beverages can erode your tooth enamel. Rinsing your mouth with water and waiting an hour before brushing your teeth is a better practice.

  • Not replacing your toothbrush often enough

Not only are old toothbrushes ineffective in cleaning your teeth, they also carry bacteria which can cause infection. You should change your toothbrush every 3-4 months.

  • Not wearing a mouthguard when playing sport

Your teeth are always vulnerable to the outside world, especially with the added risk of sport. Teeth can be knocked out and your jaw can be injured without proper protection. Sport mouthguards assist in cushioning hard blows to the teeth and jaw and provide great support.

Many daily activities can wear down your teeth and cause irreversible damage. In many cases, it is possible to reduce the impact your lifestyle has on the health of your teeth and gums.

Contact our Patient Coordinator on (03) 9460 7070 to discuss ways we can help you make healthy choices and minimise any damage you may have already caused.


Contact our Patient Coordinator on (03) 9460 7070 to discuss ways we can help you make healthy choices and minimise any damage you may have already caused.

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