Ronald I Teichman, D.D.S.
Park Slope Dentistry | Cosmetic, Reconstructive & Family Dentistry
357 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215-4320
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Brooklyn Dentist Helps Reverse 3 Habits Harmful to Teeth

Everything that goes into your mouth affects your oral health in a positive or negative way. One of the worst habits that impact your teeth is biting your nails.  You might think nail biting is just an unattractive habit that makes your nails ragged. However, biting your nails can wreak havoc on your teeth, sometimes leading to serious problems. The most common effects from nail seen by our Brooklyn dentist include the following:

  • Cracked Teeth
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Worn Front Teeth
  • Damaged Gum Tissue
  • Tooth Grinding

You can curtail your nail chewing habit with the help of a knowledgeable Brooklyn dentist. The first step is to keep your nails as short possible, so you’ll have nothing to bite and you’ll look well groomed.  Nail biting is a physical habit that is usually caused by stress, so work on your stress level until freedom from that habit becomes the norm.

Smoking Does More Harm Than Making Your Teeth Yellow

Smoking stains teeth so it’s most obvious damage is yellowing of your teeth. Yellow teeth impact your looks and your smile. While stained teeth and bad breath are nasty products or smoking, they do not threaten a smoker’s overall health. Work with a Brooklyn dentist to reverse the effects of smoking on your oral health before they become more dangerous.

Smoking causes such serious health risks as bleeding gums, excessive plaque, and tooth decay. It is known to increase the risk of oral cancer. The only way to reverse the effects of smoking on your oral health is to give it up. It helps to increase your beneficial oral care by flossing and brushing after every meal, and using toothpaste with fluoride.

Do You Enjoy Chewing Ice?

Like many others, you tend to chew ice from your drinks. Our dentist in Brooklyn has seen many kinds of damage from this common habit. Chewing ice can have a negative impact on your teeth. You can chip or damage the enamel on your teeth and interfere with any fillings or crowns in your mouth. Plus, this “enjoyable” habit can intensify your sensitivity to heat and coldness in your drinks and food.

Don’t endure sore jaw muscles from chewing ice. It may be refreshing, but this habit is dangerous. Visit a Brooklyn dentist at Park Slope Dentistry for help replacing bad habits with good ones. Contact Ronald I. Teichman, D.D.S., at 718.768.1111 to schedule your appointment.

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