Crunching on ice can cause serious damage to your teeth; even your blender needs special blades to crush ice! Remember, teeth are designed to crush through things, not against them.
Using your teeth as tools – from ripping open a small package to biting your nails – it’s just not a good idea. Your teeth are for 3 things: to chew food, to speak properly, and our favorite at Whittle Dentistry, to look better when smiling!
Absentmindedly chewing on whatever you have in your hand like pens, pencils, eyeglasses… are you doing it right now? Stop! Again, Dr. Whittle stresses that your teeth are designed to crush through things. By doing this you’re putting more pressure on your teeth than you even realize.
Sipping on soda (diet too) over a long period of time can be detrimental to your teeth. You’re literally washing your teeth in acid, and in the long term this leads to decay and loss of enamel.
Excessive snacking raises the acidity level in your mouth for a prolonged period of time. When you snack, it takes your saliva about an hour to return the acidity level in your mouth back to normal, but if you’re snacking every hour or every two hours, the acidity level will be high many times throughout the day, which causes decay and enamel erosion.