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We all know that some great dental habits include brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and going to the dentist regularly for dental cleanings. However, there are some bad dental habits that you may not be aware of that should be avoided.

Nail Biting
Some people bite their nails when they are stressed or nervous. This habit can chip teeth and even have a negative impact on the jaw. Moving the jaw forward to bite the teeth can place pressure on it. To stop biting your nails, try using bitter-tasting nail polish. Stress reduction can also be helpful. If certain things are triggers to your nail biting habits, try to hold or fidget with something to keep your fingers busy.

Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard
Using a toothbrush with hard bristles or scrubbing your teeth can harm the enamel. To avoid this problem, make sure that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Also, take care not to scrub your teeth. Be gentle instead.

Grinding & Clenching Your Teeth
Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause chips or cracks in the teeth. This can also cause muscle or joint tenderness. Relaxation exercises can help prevent grinding and clenching teeth.

Eating Ice Cubes
Chewing ice can cause a tooth to crack or break. To avoid temptation, drink beverages without ice or use a straw.

Please contact The Artful Dentist today at 512-288-6444 to learn more about dental health in Austin, Texas, and to schedule a visit with Dr. George Daszko.