Are your bad habits affecting your teeth? Find out which habits you need to stop if you want to preserve your oral health. If you are having trouble making yourself quit these behaviours, visit your local Singapore dentist to have an evaluation of your teeth and to get help with breaking the habits.

1. Chewing on Objects

Do you find yourself chewing on pencils or pens? Maybe you sit in class or at your office and bite on objects like these to relieve stress or boredom. Biting pencils, fingernails, pens, and other items is hard on your teeth. Eventually, you’ll wear down enamel, weaken your teeth, and experience cracks, chips, or breaks in your teeth as a result.

2. Opening Things with Your Teeth

Do you open bags or other items with your teeth? Keep in mind that your teeth are not scissors or knives; they aren’t designed to act as openers when you don’t have anything else sharp at hand. Avoid pulling apart cardboard, opening plastic, or performing similar tasks with your teeth. If you continue this bad habit, you could cause cracks or chips in your teeth, damage the tooth roots, or enact other damage.

3. Skipping Your Oral Hygiene Routine

You probably have a crazy schedule. You may have work, school, family activities, hobbies, cleaning, eating, sleeping, shopping, volunteering, and probably other responsibilities. In the midst of it all, you might feel like you need to eliminate something from your schedule to give yourself room to breathe. Just keep in mind that your oral hygiene is not something to skimp on. It’s an essential part of taking care of yourself and your body.

Without regular brushing and flossing, you could develop cavities, gum disease, or other issues that will cost you more money, pain, and hassle— not to mention the bad odours that you’ll be breathing on everyone around you. If you have a habit of skipping your oral hygiene routine, drop that habit and create a new habit of flossing and brushing each morning and night.

4. Sucking Your Thumb

This habit likely isn’t something you struggle with as an adult. However, if you see your child still sucking his or her thumb by age 3 or 4, it’s time to help your child curb the habit. Thumb sucking can cause the upper front teeth to slant outward in a formation known as “buck teeth.” The habit can also cause malformation of the palate or poor jaw development. Pacifiers are similarly problematic. In spite of the efforts of designers to create pacifiers that are more healthy for oral development, the fact remains that pacifiers can be problems if children suck on them too often for too many years.

5. Grinding Your Teeth at Night

Grinding your teeth is not something you can necessarily stop, since you’re unconscious while it’s happening. However, if your partner mentions it, or if you notice that you’re waking up with a sore jaw, visit Orchard Scotts Dental right away. You’ll need a mouth guard to protect your teeth from breaking or wearing down, and you may also need to pursue additional solutions like Invisalign to correct your bite. Sometimes relieving stress can also help with night time grinding of the teeth.

All of these bad habits have consequences, and our care team at Orchard Scotts Dental has the tools and information you need to succeed with overcoming them. As a well respected dental clinic in Singapore, we are ready to help you break free of behaviours that harm your teeth.