We all have bad habits that we have tried to quit to no avail. However, some of these habits can have adverse effects on your oral health. It is normal for your teeth to experience minor wear and tear. However, when that wear and tear is caused by bad habits, it may be time to cut them out of your daily routine.
At Proud Smiles in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Brenda Paulen offers a full range of services and information to encourage a healthier smile. Dr. Paulen can work with you to address any tooth damage sustained by bad habits. Depending on the extent of damage, Dr. Paulen may recommend porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or dental crowns to restore your smile.
Habits That Can Harm Your Teeth
These common habits can damage your smile. It is important to find ways to lower your risk of tooth damage and protect your natural smile.
- Chewing on ice —we all have done it or know someone that has done it. Chewing ice can create an uneven surface on the teeth. Over time, chewing ice may lead to fractures or chips in the teeth.
- Incorrect oral hygiene techniques. If you brush your teeth too hard, it can actually damage to your tooth enamel. Flossing too hard may cause damage and irritation to the gums.
- Using your teeth as tools. When you use your teeth to open a can, rip open a bag, or to cut something—it can lead to tooth damage. Patients can experience fractured, chipped, or broken teeth.
- Nail biting. Nail biting is one of the most common habits patients practice that leads to wear and tear on the enamel. Try to find ways to combat nail-biting.
- Eating acidic foods can affect your smile. Consuming a lot of acidic foods and beverages can damage your too enamel. Consumption of acidic foods and beverages may also increase your risk of tooth sensitivity and cavities.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have experienced any tooth damage, visit our dental care team at Proud Smiles in Atlanta, GA. We utilize high-quality technology and current methods to restore a damaged smile. If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 404.418.7734 or schedule an appointment online.