Habits that can Harm Your Teeth

Habits that can Harm Your Teeth

You brush and floss your teeth, and you visit our Los Angeles dentist every six months. That may not be enough to protect your teeth from damage, however. Some habits can seriously harm or even ruin your teeth.

Brushing Too Hard

Vigorous brushing may seem like the best way to get your teeth sparkling clean, but it can actually scratch the enamel on your teeth. Instead of brushing away your enamel, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use light, circular motions to brush all surfaces of your teeth gently. An electric toothbrush can give you more control while fluoride toothpaste can keep your enamel stronger.

Teeth or Tools?

Using your teeth to cut tags, open packages or twist open bottle tops may feel convenient, but you are risking your tooth and jaw health every time you do it. Use scissors instead, and save your teeth for smiling, eating and talking.


Carbonation just makes drinks more enjoyable, especially in the summer. If you are drinking several carbonated beverages a day, however, your teeth can suffer significant enamel loss even if the drinks are sugar free. The high acid content and constant sipping leave your teeth more vulnerable to the acid these drinks contain. Rinse with water after having a soda, and limit your intake. Switching to tea or water can also be a great choice, but avoid sucking on those lemons, which can also increase your risk of acid erosion.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can keep your teeth strong and healthy.