Bad Oral Habits That Hurt Our Teeth

Tooth enamel is one of the strongest and hardest materials that our bodies produce. Even stronger than our bones, enamel is typically very sturdy, but don’t take this fact for granted. There are still numerous ways that our teeth and enamel can be harmed.

Being an extremely hard surface, tooth enamel can still be very brittle under the right circumstances. Being cautious to this fact will lead you down a road of healthy teeth. Fail to understand what causes your enamel to break down and your teeth can suffer as a result.

Mouth Breathing Can Harm Your Teeth

healthy teethSometimes unavoidable do to a stuffy nose mouth breathing will ensue. But by focusing on using your nose to breath instead of your mouth you will increase the chances of enamel loss. Think of breathing through your mouth as a backup to nose breathing.

By using your mouth as a primary way to breathe, you are opening up many side effects that can hurt your teeth as well as overall health.

Here’s why:

  • Dry Mouth – When breathing with your mouth, the airflow will dry up saliva. Saliva is the very first line of defense that combats bacteria that can hurt your teeth. It can also lead to bad breath and tooth decay.
  • Tiredness – The process of breathing through your nose enhances the oxygenation level in your blood. Producing nitric oxide, a lung helper that creates better absorption of oxygen can only happen while breathing through the nose. Less oxygen means less energy.
  • Sleep Apnea Issues – Breathing with only your mouth can cause conditions that will set off sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can cause tiredness, snoring, low energy, and even worse health problems.
  • Orthodontial Issues – Mouth breathing can create narrower dental arches thus constricting the ability to have enough room for adult teeth to grow in. As a result, an Orthodontist may need to step in and set the teeth straight.
  • Facial Features – Mouth breathing can actually change the faces structure as a person develops. This can lead to flat facial features, smaller chin along with narrowing of the jaw and arch.

Building solid habits in our children are important when it comes to oral health. Starting early and reminding our kids about these things can help lead to healthy smiles.

The Nail-Biting Habit

Chronic nail biting can wreak havoc on teeth. The effects of constantly biting on your nails can cause cracking, chipping and erode at enamel which is the last line of tooth defense when it comes to tooth protection.

Aside from that, it is also not sanitary. Nails often pick up dirt and grime and allows for external bacteria to enter your mouth which is not only harmful to teeth but can also lead to sickness through germs.

One of the worst side-effects of nail-biting is root resorption which is when nail-biting breaks down the root of your teeth which can cause tooth loss.

We Can Help

At Esthetic Family Dentistry, our mission is to create beautiful smiles. That is why we can help. After all, we are a family dentist geared towards patient health and success for your smile. Call us today to make an appointment.