We all have some natural bad habits like biting our nails or clenching our jaws due to stress, which wears down the teeth. However, there are some more subtle habits in your daily lifestyle that could be sending you to the dentist more than necessary. Here are six different habits that could be damaging the health of your mouth.

Oral Piercings

Movements of your tongue bar or lip piercings in your mouth can cause you to chip or crack your teeth. The jewellery can also increase the risk of gum disease, injure gums from direct contact but can also cause receding gum tissue. All of these factors can lead to either tooth loss or loose teeth, which will result in replacing the teeth with either bridges or dental implants.

Chewing Gum

They may only be small but they are packed with sugar, even the ‘sugar free’ versions damage the enamel. The sugar and sweeteners in gum reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth – so don’t be fooled into thinking they help to clean your teeth after a meal. Continuous chewing of gum wears down your jaw and can alter your bite. This can hugely affect your mouth as you may end up grinding and chipping away parts of your teeth.

Teeth Grinding

Many people find that they grind their teeth in times of stress or when they are experiencing bad sleeping patterns. This nasty habit can wear down the enamel that protects your teeth. Try to wear a mouth guard at night, as this can limit the damage while you sleep. If you grind your teeth during the day when experiencing anxiety, try to be more aware of the damage you are doing to your teeth to put you off the habit.

Eating Sugary Carbs

Anything like white bread, pasta, rice and cereals are classed as sugary carbohydrates. This type of food contains a lot of starch and refined carbohydrates, which convert sugar in the mouth. So by eating sugary carbs leaves a residue of paste in the mouth, which lodges in your teeth and builds up in your molars. This creates an ideal breeding ground for bad bacteria which causes cavities.

Drinking Fizzy Drinks and Fruit Juices

Many fizzy drinks and fruit juices contain not just sugar which we already know is bad for our teeth, but also contain phosphoric acid, citric acid and tartaric acid which causes severe damage to the teeth. The high levels of these ingredients in drinks such as Coke can be helpful for cleaning household items such as toilets. So just imagine what damage it does to your teeth!