Bad Habits That Can Cause Tooth Staining

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services offered today. From using whitening toothpastes, to strips and gels, people are always looking for ways to brighten their smile. However, many people are unaware that some of their habits can counteract tooth whitening attempts. Our Wilkes-Barre cosmetic dentist, Dr. DeFinnis has these tips for keeping protecting your teeth from staining by avoiding these bad habits.

Stop Biting Your Nails

Not only is nail-biting bad hygiene considering there are tons of bacteria lurking underneath your fingernails, but it can also lead to tooth stains. Chewing your fingernails can create tiny cracks in your tooth enamel. While these cracks do not always result in dental health issues, they will definitely become an eyesore. Tiny fractures in your tooth enamel collect staining and make a conspicuous dark vertical line on the front of your teeth. Tooth trauma like biting your fingernails, chewing on ice, and biting inedible objects contribute to these small cracks called craze lines.

Don’t Brush Too Hard

Many people believe using a hard or medium bristled toothbrush will be better for their oral health. They will scrub harshly with these hard bristles in hopes of removing more stains or food particles from their teeth. Unfortunately, using harsher brushing methods can actually lead to tooth discoloration or sensitivity. Hard bristles can damage your tooth enamel, leaving pits where tooth stains can collect. Additionally, harsh oral hygiene can cause your gum line to recede, creating tooth sensitivity. A soft bristle toothbrush and gentle, yet firm brushing is the way to go according to the American Dental Association.

Teeth Whitening in Wilkes-Barre

Have your teeth become discolored because of bad dental habits like brushing too hard or biting your nails? If so, our Wilkes-Barre cosmetic dentist may have a solution for you. We offer teeth whitening and porcelain veneers to help make your smile shine brighter. For more information, contact Back Mountain Dental at 570-763-4360 for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We’ve made hundreds of people smile in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Trucksville, and the surrounding communities.

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