Solutions to Bad Habits Which Can Harm Your Teeth

Solutions to Bad Habits Which Can Harm Your Teeth

People pick up a number of bad habits over time which can be harmful to their teeth. However there are solutions to these bad habits, helping your overall oral health.

Key takeaways:

  • Your teeth are for chewing food only, anything else you can find the correct tool to do the job instead.
  • An electric toothbrush or a soft-bristled toothbrush helps prevent aggressive brushing which can damage teeth enamel.
  • Teeth grinding harms the teeth and you may need to wear a night guard when you sleep for protection.

“Bruxism (grinding) and clenching, especially at night while asleep, is a very destructive habit. It causes tooth wear, fracturing of dental restorations and can contribute to jaw joint dysfunction and muscle soreness.”

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.