Maintaining healthy teeth doesn’t have to be a challenge, but there are many things you may do every day that make this a tough task. Here are four bad habits you should kick if you want to keep your teeth happy and healthy.

Chewing Ice

After you down that delicious glass of ice water, it can be tempting to crunch down on the leftover ice cubes. Doing so can wreak havoc on your teeth, so it is best to avoid the temptation. We recommend filling that glass back up and drinking more water!

Opening Packaging with Your Teeth

Your teeth are for chewing food, not for opening bags, bottles, or other packaging. Doing so opens you up to a whole world of risks. You can chip your teeth, knock them out of place, damage your enamel, or even lose a tooth. Save your teeth for what they were intended for, and grab some scissors next time!

Brushing Too Hard Family brushing

Daily brushing is a cornerstone of a great oral health routine, but brushing too hard can have negative consequences. If you brush too hard, you will wear down your enamel and damage your gums. If you have trouble determining the proper pressure needed, let us know at your next six-month checkup. We can teach you the proper way to brush your teeth for optimal results.

Constantly Drinking Soda

Soda is one of the worst things for your teeth. Carbonated drinks in general are tough on your teeth, due to their acidity. If you habitually sip on soda all day long, you are wearing down your enamel and damaging your gum line. Switch to water to stay hydrated throughout the day, and reserve the soda for a special treat. You’ll feel much better overall, and your mouth will be much happier.

Kicking these bad habits will help you maintain a healthy mouth. Another important key to healthy teeth is a regularly scheduled six-month checkup with your local Washington, DC dentist. Contact us today to set up your next visit!