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Happy Fall Y’all!

January 1st most people make their new years resolutions of healthier choices and doing activities to improve their lives. As the year progresses, sometimes we lose focus on our goals and resolutions. Lets fall back in love with our smiles and kick some bad habits we may have developed over time.

Some bad habits we might not even know we are doing that can greatly affect our teeth. Here are a few habits that can damage your teeth that you might not be aware of:

Nail Biting: This nervous habit can chip teeth and impact your jaw.

Brushing Too Hard: Brushing for two minutes twice a day is one of the best habits you can get into. Just make sure you’re not trying too hard. Brushing with a hard toothbrush, or brushing too hard, can damage teeth and irritate gums.

Grinding and Clenching: This can cause chipping or cracking of the teeth, as well as muscle tenderness or joint pain.

Chewing Ice Cubes: Tooth enamel is a crystal. Ice is a crystal. When you push two crystals against each other, one will break.

Constant Snacking: Grazing all day, especially on sugary foods and drinks, puts you at a higher risk for cavities. When you eat, cavity-causing bacteria feast leftover food, producing an acid that attacks the outer shell of your teeth.

Using Your Teeth As Tools: Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors or hold things when your hands are full. When you do this, you put yourself at a higher risk of cracking your teeth, injuring your jaw or accidentally swallowing something you shouldn’t.

Don’t forget the good habits of brushing twice a day, flossing, eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, limiting sugar intake and coming to visit us every 6 months!

From the Doctors and Team at Burns Family Dentistry, happy fall y’all!!!