4 Habits That May Be Destroying Your Teeth

Ignoring your teeth is a sure-fire way to develop tooth decay and gum disease, not to mention offensively bad breath and unsightly teeth stains. Still, poor hygiene isn’t the only habit that can cause harm to your pearly-whites. Much of the work Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron perform at their Southlake dental office involves restoring and rebuilding cracked, broken, or severely infected teeth. And often, patients don’t realize the habits that have made their teeth so weak and vulnerable.

Clenching your teeth

Good dental health isn’t just about cleaning your teeth; it’s also about recognizing their limits. While strong, your teeth can’t withstand an everyday habit of clenching and grinding them together (a condition clinically known as bruxism). The unwarranted pressure and friction can eventually wear down your teeth’s chewing surfaces, or cause cracks and fractures to appear in one or more teeth.

Chewing on things

Akin to grinding your teeth, chewing on things (like a pen, pencil, button, pen cap, or anything not meant to be processed and digested) can scrape and wear away the protective layer of enamel around your teeth. If the object is hard enough, like ice, consistently chewing on it can cause your teeth to suddenly crack or break, seemingly without warning.

Drinking “healthy” fruit juices and smoothies

They’re touted as healthier, and from your body’s point of view, many of them probably are. However, most fruit juices and smoothies contain highly-acidic and/or sugary contents that spell trouble for healthy teeth. Acid directly attacks and dissolves tooth enamel, while sugar feeds oral bacteria that convert it into more acid. The repeated acid attacks can leave teeth weak and significantly more susceptible to damage.

Brushing your teeth too harshly

One of the first things you learned about caring for your teeth is to brush and floss them every day. Yet, if you scrub too harshly, you can risk scrubbing away as much enamel as you do bacteria and plaque. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and gently brush away the particles and debris from your teeth, rather than vigorously trying to scrape them away.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.