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Habits That Run Your Teeth

Posted on 3/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A person breaking a cigaretteWe all know the usual suspects when it comes to keeping our smiles sparkling: brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. But what about those hidden habits lurking in the shadows, chipping away at our pearly whites without us even realizing it? Today, we highlight four sneaky habits that can ruin your teeth and how to nip them in the bud before they cause major damage.

Brushing Too Hard

Remember that squeaky-clean feeling after a vigorous brushing session? While thoroughness is essential, overdoing it can be counterproductive. Brushing too hard with harsh bristles can wear down your precious enamel, the protective layer that shields your teeth from decay. Aim for gentle, circular motions with a soft-bristled brush, and let the toothpaste do the heavy lifting. Think of it as a massage for your smile, not a power scrub!


Smoking not only poses serious risks to your overall health but also detrimentally impacts your oral health. Tobacco use increases the likelihood of developing gum disease, stains teeth, and contributes to bad breath. Smoking also impedes the healing ability of the body, making dental procedures less effective. Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make for dental health.

Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism is teeth grinding during sleep caused by stress or misaligned teeth. It can damage teeth and cause jaw pain and headaches. Consult your dentist for a night guard and stress-reduction techniques.

Misusing Your Teeth

We have all been there: using our teeth to open a stubborn package or rip off a pesky price tag. But using your teeth as tools is a recipe for disaster. It can chip, crack, or even loosen teeth, leading to costly dental repairs. Next time you need a helping hand, reach for a pair of scissors or a good old-fashioned can opener.

Maintaining healthy dental habits is crucial for preserving your smile and preventing dental problems. Be mindful of your daily routines and cultivate habits promoting optimal dental health. Remember to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings to ensure your teeth remain strong and vibrant for years.

Talk to one of our caring patient coordinators today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Frank Sioda
18676 Willamette Dr. Suite 202
West Linn, OR 97068-1718

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