10 Bad Habits that can damage your teeth

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Sometimes it’s the small things that you do each day which harm your teeth the most:


  • Continuously sipping sweet drinks. The sugar from a small sip can sit on your teeth for up to 20 minutes.  If you cannot give up sugary drinks — try to drink within a single 15 minute period and then brush or wash the sugar away with some water.
  • Brushing your teeth too hard. Brushing your teeth too hard can brush off the enamel or damage the gums, try an electric toothbrush or a soft bristle brush instead.
  • Chewing on Ice or Hard Boiled Sweets. This can fracture your teeth.
  • Sucking on Cough Lozenges too often. Many people forget that cough sweets are high in sugar, try the sugar-free varieties.
  • Forgetting your lips when applying Sun Cream. Too much exposure to the sun on your lips can cause oral cancer, don’t forget that they need sun screen too!
  • Grinding or Clenching your Teeth. This will damage your teeth, speak to a dentist about a mouthguard which will help you.
  • Opening Bottles or Packets with your teeth. This can lead to chipped or fractured teeth — use a bottle opener or scissors!
  • Tongue Piercing. The tongue ring or stud can chip teeth or damage gums. The piercing itself can also increase risk of infection in the mouth.
  • Thumb Sucking. This can effect a child’s bite and the look of their teeth, try our habit breaking tips.
  • Using teeth to cut thread or cellotape. The thread or tape could slip and damage your gums.

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