When you think about the things you might be doing that are bad for your oral health, you may immediately think of skipping a brushing session. Or, going a week without flossing. However, some of the habits you take part in every single day can take a serious toll – and you might not even consider what’s going on or the potential ramifications. We encourage you to think about some of the times you may be nibbling your way to damage. If you need help kicking these habits, please let us know!
Are You Biting Your Nails?
You may think that your nail biting habit is bad for your nails and nothing else. However, this issue can actually affect you on a much more serious level, creating problems both for your oral health and your overall health. Here’s what you need to consider (and why you should do your best to stop biting your nails):
- Biting your nails can damage your teeth
- Chewing on your nails can make you sick (lots of germs accumulate beneath them)
- Nail biting can make problems like teeth grinding and clenching worse
- Nibbling on your nails may exacerbate an existing TMD problem
Do You Set Any Limits With Food?
Did you know that your snacks and the choices you make during meals can end up having a severely negative effect on your oral health? While your teeth are certainly known for their durability, they are not invincible. As a result, too much friction or pressure can lead to injury. Don’t want a broken tooth? If something is very hard and offers too much resistance, don’t use your teeth to break it down. Don’t want eroded or cracked teeth? Skip ice as a daily snack.