Avoid These Habits To Avoid Tooth Damage

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Your tooth enamel may be the single hardest material in your whole body, but that doesn’t mean it’s invincible by any stretch of the imagination. If you’d like to learn some of the behaviors that can damage your teeth that you should stop doing and how general dentistry services can strengthen smiles, call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172 to book a visit with us.

We offer a large variety of dental treatments for patients of all ages at our Wellesley, MA dentist office so you and your loved ones can get the care you need without having to go from one specialist to the next.

With the help of our compassionate team, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci has been providing dental care for patients for over three decades. We are proud to serve our lovely community and surrounding areas as well.

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We also offer some hours that the vast majority of other dental offices do not. We close early at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays, but we otherwise keep the nine-to-five Monday through Friday schedule you would expect and some extended hours as well. Between Tuesday and Thursday, we stay late until 7:00 p.m. and we also open early at 7:00 a.m. in the morning on:

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Learn What Harms Smiles & How General Dentistry Helps Them

If you’ve never had a major dental problem, it can be pretty easy to feel like your chompers are pretty invincible. But no matter how healthy and strong your teeth are, some common bad habits can hurt them pretty significantly – and in some cases, in ways that you won’t become aware of until the damage is done.

One tendency that a lot of people pick up at some point or another is chewing on ice. You may not think that this would be so bad for you, given that it’s just frozen water, but ice can scratch and even crack teeth in some cases. Along with ice being too hard to bite down on, the extreme cold can also lead to tooth sensitivity and other problems as well.

A lot of people chew on their nails as well. While the enamel on your teeth is harder than the keratin that your nails are made of, this habit can cause damage over time. You shouldn’t chew your nails at all if you could possibly avoid it, but really, this becomes an issue for your smile when it becomes a regular tick. Nail polish can make this problem even worse.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can also be very bad for your teeth. Some people do these things because they are stressed. Others have a problem in their jaw joints known as a TMJ disorder. Regardless of why you grind your teeth, you should try to break the habit. We can even help you come up with solutions if you’d like.

Another thing that can damage teeth that can be tempting to do is to open a bottle or other form of packaging. You may think that if you rarely do this it won’t be a problem, but you’d be wrong. Just one time screwing a cap off of a bottle could chip your tooth and force you to get some form of restorative dentistry treatment to address the problem and stop your pain.

Believe it or not, brushing your teeth too hard can also be bad for them. If you do not use a proper technique and soft-bristled toothbrush, you could damage your teeth and your gums as well. Brushing your teeth too much can also cause issues. Instead of thinking of brushing as “scrubbing,” think of it more as “massaging” your teeth.

If you’re unsure of whether some of the habits you’ve picked up are bad for your teeth, just ask us when you arrive at our Wellesley, MA dentist office. We’d be happy to help.

Along with the routine dental cleanings and exams that you’d expect from a general dentist, we also offer a variety of other treatment options.

If you are unsure of whether or not you are hurting your smile with some habits you’ve picked up, call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172 to book a general dentistry appointment with us. You can also swing by our conveniently located Wellesley, MA dentist office in person or use our handy online form to schedule or ask a friendly team member questions.