Dental Habits to Break in the New Year


Do you have your New Year’s resolutions list ready for 2016? As we countdown to the New Year, it’s time to put our best foot forward and leave behind any negative habits. This also applies to dental care. Consider breaking these dental habits in 2016 that are harmful to your teeth:

Nail Biting

Finger nails often contain many germs. Nail biting puts you at a high risk for developing a cold or other health problems by introducing these germs into your mouth. Nail biting can not only negatively take a toll on the health of your body, but also can impact your teeth. It is typically a nervous habit, and can chip teeth and impact your jaw. Avoid nail biting at all costs, and instead opt for better stress-coping mechanisms. Try painting your nails or holding something to keep your fingers busy to let go of a nail biting habit.

Brushing Too Hard

It may seem weird, but there is such a thing as brushing too hard. It’s definitely important to brush for two minutes twice a day, but gently! Brushing with a hard toothbrush can damage both teeth and gums. Try using your non-dominant hand for brushing, or purchasing a soft toothbrush. Applying proper pressure when brushing is important for your mouth’s sake!

Grinding and Clenching

Grinding and clenching teeth often occurs during stressful situations. This can lead to chipped or cracked teeth. It can also cause mouth pains and trouble chewing foods. Sometimes it occurs during sleep, in which you should notify your partner or family member if this is noticed. Mouthguards and relaxation exercises can help knock out this harmful dental habit!

Chewing Ice Cubes

Teeth can be fragile, and it is important not to wear them down by chewing hard substances. Chewing ice cubes can break or chip teeth, as well as damage fillings and other dental appliances in the mouth. Try drinking with a straw or drinking cold beverages without ice to prevent any temptation of chewing on ice cubes.


Snacking, especially on sugary foods and drinks, increases your risk of developing cavities. Instead, opt for well balanced and filling meals to keep your teeth healthy. If you indulge in an occasional sugary treat, make sure to drink water to wash away any left over food particles.

Using Your Teeth As Tools

Using your teeth to open items, cut things, or complete other rough actions can wear down your teeth. This puts you at a higher risk of cracking and damaging your teeth, as well as injuring your jaw. Always make sure you have an actual tool on hand, such as scissors or a bottle opener to do the job -your mouth will thank you!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and the caring team at Wellesley Dental Group if you have any thoughts or concerns; they will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


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