Last Updated on 1 year by Isreal Olabanji DST RN
At Healthsoothe, We’ve have listed 17 common bad oral habits that could be harming your teeth more than you realize.
1. Tongue thrusting:
2. Mouth breathing :
Dryness of the mouth is a serious problem and it should be well treated.
3. Un-replaced missing teeth:
4. Filing of the teeth:
This is what some people call artificial open teeth. It is abad oral habits and abnormal. Unfortunately, some people come to the dental clinic to cut or file their teeth for aesthetic, cultural purpose or reason. Whichever reasons or purposes, it must be discouraged and abolished completely. This is mostly seen in girls, young women and a few cases young boys. It is important to note that filing of the teeth can cause teeth sensitivity and damage to the pulps of the teeth, discoloration of the teeth, toothaches, etc.
5. Clenching and clamping of the teeth:
6. Grinding of the teeth is another bad oral habits you need to avoid:
7. Chewing of sharp or pointed objects :
Chewing on objects is also a bad oral habits such as metals, pencils, pen, knife, needle, pipes, broken bottles, etc. These are not part of the normal chewing function of the teeth. Chewing on sharp or pointed objects can cause scratching of the teeth and damage to soft tissues of the mouth.
8. Opening bottled drinks with teeth:
Apart from aesthetics and speech making, it is very important to know the other functions of the teeth which include cutting, chewing, biting and grinding or crushing of solid food into smaller particles for easy digestion, absorption, and assimilation.
9. Chewing Hard Substances:
We might not realize this every time that we put hard something in our mouths and chew on it we are causing unknown harm to our teeth. Our teeth were made to eat the food and crush the food into smaller particles for easy digestion, absorption, and assimilation. They were not meant to chew on pen caps, pencils or any other hard material.
You might chip or fracture your tooth and leave it open to the entry of bacterial and harmful effects. This, in turn, will have to be repaired or extracted. In case you feel the need to chew on something, then you can opt for safer options such as chewing sticks, carrots, celery or Just plain chewing gum.
10. Wrong Use Of Toothpicks
If you use a toothpick the wrong way then you will go on to cause a lot of damage to your gums and can even result from ln chipping and breaking of teeth. A toothpick needs to be used extremely gently in order to dislodge the food from the crevices of the teeth.
If you use it aggressively and try to bring the food particle out then you will have inflicted yourself with a lot of harm. Use the right kind of toothpicks that are the rounded ones at the tip. Do not chew on the toothpick as that might cause harm and that is not the way they are supposed to be used.
11. Chewing Ice
12. Using Teeth As A Pair Of Scissors.
The teeth are meant for different things but certainly not to work for you like a pair of scissors.
Do not use them to tear or cut things that are meant for scissors. It should be avoided at all costs.
13. Wrong Use Of Toothbrush
14. Excessive Consumption Of Drinks Containing Acid
It can cause many problems like a worn and chalky look to the teeth enamel, unrelieved sensitivity to cold drinks and food. deterioration of your teeth leading to cracking and chipping, and a larger incidence of decay caused by the failure of protecting enamel-eating citric acid foods or drinking citrus fruit juices are not essentially harmful, but only when they are not held in your mouth for long periods of time.
15. Nail Biting
16. Thumb Sucking
17. Holding pencils, pens, and other hard things can also harm your teeth.
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