5 Habits That Damage Your Smile

Don’t let bad dental habits destroy your smile. You brush, you floss, you visit the dentist. And that’s great, but all that hard work will be for naught if you practice behaviors that actively damage your teeth and gums. Here are 5 habits that damage your smile. Try to keep them to a minimum, and be sure to visit us at 23520 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90505,  every six months for a cleaning and exam.

5 Habits That Damage Your Smile

Habits are hard to break. They get so ingrained into our daily lives that we cease to notice them, usually with disastrous consequences. Let us look at these deadly things that we do every day that can guarantee our eventual dental destruction. Continue reading to learn about the 5 habits that damage your smile.

Brushing Too Hard

brushing teeth too hard

Brushing your teeth twice every day is good. Brushing your teeth with too much force is definitely not good. While we appreciate your enthusiasm about your dental health, using excessive elbow grease is harmful. While it may very well get rid of any plaque and bacteria hanging out on your teeth, it will also wear down your tooth enamel. This makes you vulnerable to tooth decay and pain. It can also injure your gum tissue, leading to recession, sensitivity as the tooth roots are exposed, and periodontal disease. So always be thorough, but use a gentle hand and a soft-bristled toothbrush.



Yes, it’s been said before but clearly not enough. Smoking causes bad breath, discoloured teeth, gum disease and finally oral cancer. Cigarette and cigar smokers face tooth loss and bone loss within the jawbone. Cigarette, cigar or pipe smoking leads to an increased risk of periodontal or gum disease. If you think smokeless tobacco products are better, think again. They have at least 28 chemicals known to cause oral cancer and cancer in the throat. Also, sugar is added to such products to enhance their flavour.

Nail Biting 

nail biting

There are different ways that people respond to stress, sometimes involuntarily. Unfortunately, many of these stress reactions are bad dental habits. If you grind your teeth, clench your jaw, bite your nails or chew on your pen when you are feeling under pressure, you may find yourself with a damaged smile over time.

Nail-biting might not be everybody’s favourite habit but it sure is going to hurt your teeth. Firstly, your hands are the dirtiest parts of your body coming in contact with so many surfaces. Secondly, you could chip off the enamel of your teeth and finally, placing your jaw in that protruding position for long periods of time will cause jaw pain and problems with your temporomandibular joint. Let your imagination chew on that for a while.

Drinking Alcohol 


People who consume alcohol excessively and regularly are at great risk to develop tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even having a few drinks regularly can begin to break down the enamel on teeth. The sugar in alcohol combines with the bacteria in your mouth to form plaque. Plaque that builds up eventually softens the enamel and a cavity, or a hole, will develop.

Misusing Your Teeth

misusing your teeth

Teeth are meant to chew food, period. They are not scissors, nail trimmers, ice crushers, or meant to take the place of tools. Chewing or biting down on non-food objects is a good way to end up with a dental emergency.

At Lomita Torrance Dental Office, we work hard to educate our patients on the best ways to care for their smile in between dental checkups. However, if you’re guilty of some of these habits and the damage is already done, rest assured that we have a full menu of advanced dental services to restore your smile to new.

Schedule A Consultation

We hope that each of our patient has a happy and healthy smile and that means protecting your teeth and your oral health. We care for your smile and to have a detailed understanding regarding your oral care, you can always schedule a consultation with our dental hygienist at 23520 Crenshaw Boulevard Torrance, CA 90505 or by calling us at (424) 201-2885.

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