Everyone wants a great looking smile, and most people probably believe they make a decent effort to take care of their teeth. Unfortunately, despite regular brushing and flossing, many people find themselves dissatisfied with their teeth. Perhaps even worse they may need detailed dental work done to correct problems. There are some specific behaviors that can cause damage to your teeth overtime. Here are ten of the worst behaviors for teeth.

Sugary Foods and Beverages

Sodas and other sugary drinks such as fruit juice can increase the risk of tooth decay. Sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. They also contain phosphoric and citric acids, which eat away at tooth enamel. Oral bacteria love sugar and they can produce cavity-causing acid as they digest.

Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush

May people believe that a firm toothbrush is a good thing. This is just not the case.
As you get older roots become exposed because the gums move. This can make your teeth and gums much more sensitive. Ultimately a brush with too-firm bristles may irritate the gums and lead to sensitive teeth.

Not Brushing, Flossing, or Rinsing Properly

A common mistake that many people make is not brushing often enough. Most dentists recommend that you should brush your teeth twice a day. Flossing should be done daily as well, but it is often forgotten about or done only occasionally. Rinses can help get rid of bacteria and also help prevent tooth decay.

Grinding Your Teeth

Grinding your teeth produces forces that can result in tooth wear, jaw pain and other symptoms. Ultimately grinding can wear teeth down over time. Most grinding occurs as a result of stress or poor sleeping habits. A mouth guard can be helpful with sleeping.

Drinking Coffee

Coffee’s dark color and acidity can cause yellowing of the teeth over time.

Nail Biting

Nail biting is a bad habit for your teeth. This habit creates forces that can wear down teeth and cause small fractures and chips.

Dry Mouth

Saliva is important to overall health of your mouth. It takes care of the acidity in your mouth and contains minerals that strengthen enamel. A dry mouth can put you at risk for enamel erosion, cavities, and bad breath.

Cough Drops

Almost everyone uses cough drops and they are available almost everywhere. That doesn’t mean you should be using them. Most are loaded with sugar. They are an invitation to cavities.

Playing Contact Sports Without a Mouth Guard

Any contact sport can put you at risk for mouth damage. Mouth guards protect your teeth from blows to the face and head. They reduce the risk of damage to your teeth.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Your teeth should be used for eating. Avoid using them to tear into or open things.