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Did you know some habits you may have can harm your teeth? Not only could you crack a tooth, but some habits may even harm your jaw. We have likely all been guilty of doing one or more of these at some point in our lives. Here are some of these habits and different ways you can break them.

-Frequent snacking: Eating sugary foods or drinks constantly may cause cavities to form in your teeth. Instead you could have balanced meals throughout the day. If you do eat something sugary, drinking water can help rinse out any food particles.
-Brushing too hard: Your gums could become agitated and the enamel on your teeth may get worn away. One suggestion is to try a soft-headed toothbrush.
-Grinding and clenching: These two habits have the potential to chip a tooth and may cause joint pain or muscle tenderness in your jaw. Relaxation exercises may be able to help you. Many times, being aware of the habit can help you break it during the day. At night, you may want to consider using a mouth guard.
-Chewing on ice cubes: This is a popular habit that could lead to one of your teeth or fillings breaking. To help stop, you can use a straw or drink chilled beverages without ice.
-Biting your nails: Your teeth may get chipped and frequently bringing your lower jaw forward in this manner could cause injury. For help stopping, you stop you could use a bitter-tasting nail polish, reduce your stress or keep your hands busy by holding something whenever the urge arises.
-Using your teeth as tools: This particular habit could significantly elevate the risk of you cracking a tooth or hurting your jaw. Instead, take the time to find an appropriate tool or ask someone for help.

For other ways to protect your teeth, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard Cavallaro, call us at 619-569-1925 or come by our office in Lemon Grove, California. At Lemon Grove Dental Group, Inc, we would love to help you protect your smile!