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…biting and chewing food, talking, and giving your face its support and structure. Tooth enamel may feel like a hard surface, but it’s not made to withstand excess pressure or habits that erode it. At the dental office of Dr. Glenn Norton in Evansville, we hear many interesting stories of how people chipped or cracked their teeth!

Do any of these actions sound familiar to you?

      Crunching and sipping

Now that may sound like what teeth are made for, but we’re talking about crunching things like ice cubes, or even popcorn kernels. Bite down on them the wrong way, and you could end up with a cracked tooth.

Sipping? Yes! Soda (even diet), tea, and other acidic beverages can eventually erode your teeth, especially if you habitually consume them.

      Using teeth as tools

Teeth aren’t nutcrackers or bottle openers! Or any other tool!

      Tooth grinding

If you grind your teeth, even in your sleep, you can wear them down without even noticing! You may need a night guard or other dental appliance to help stop grinding; and if your teeth are worn down, you may need further dental treatment to rebuild your bite.

      Hard-bristled toothbrush

A toothbrush with hard bristles might seem like a good idea, but it’s better to use a soft- or medium-bristled brush, and brush regularly and longer! Set your timer for two minutes as a reminder of how long you should brush.

      Not brushing or flossing enough

Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. If you can’t brush during the day, try to drink plain water so you can at least “rinse” out any food particles or acidic drinks.

If you have any of these habits, it’s never too late to change! If you have tooth or gum pain for any reason, please call our dental office in Evansville at 855-790-9336.