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Teeth are incredibly important—they’re also highly sensitive. Are you damaging them without knowing it? Here are five common habits that cause damage to your teeth.

Brushing Too Hard

Aggressive brushing can cause enamel erosion and gum irritation over time. Instead, brush your teeth less vigorously for two minutes using a soft-bristled toothbrush.


Cigarettes and other tobacco products (including vaping) are not only damaging to your general health, they can also put you at risk for dental problems. Smoking stains teeth, can cause gum and periodontal disease, and can even result in premature tooth loss. It can reduce the production of saliva, increasing the risk of bad breath (caused by harmful bacteria and food decomposition) and tooth decay. And of course, tobacco products are the primary cause of most oral cancers.

Using Your Teeth as a Tool

Using your teeth to open packages or bottles is never a good idea. This bad habit may lead to dental emergencies, such as chipped or cracked teeth. You may require a dental implant to replace the damaged tooth.

Misuse of Toothpicks

Toothpicks are created to remove gunk stuck between the teeth. However, misusing toothpicks can cause enamel damage and scratches on the surface of the teeth. Also, shoving toothpick deep within the crack of your teeth causes the teeth to shift and form gaps.

Inadequate Hydration

When brushing is not an option, drinking a glass of water helps wash away the food particles, bacteria, and acid from your mouth. Drinking water after consuming stain-causing foods (like red wine or coffee) will also rinse away the tannins and other stain-causing chemicals, keeping your teeth whiter and brighter.

Schedule a Visit to the Dentist

While you’re kicking bad habits, start a good one by seeing a dentist regularly. Schedule an appointment today.