Dr. Scott R. Allen, D.D.S., F.R.C.D.(C)
1366 Clyde Ave #4
Ottawa, ON K2C 3Z4

Tel. (613) 228-4000
Fax (613) 822-4827
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5 Subconscious Habits that Damage Your Teeth

We all have those bad habits that involve the poor use of our teeth. Beware of these 5 habits that could wind you in Dr. Allen's Ottawan, ON office:

Crunching on ice can cause serious damage to your teeth; even your blender needs special blades to crush ice! Remember, teeth are designed to crush through things, not against them.

Using your teeth as tools – from ripping open a small package to biting your nails – it’s just not a good idea. Your teeth are for 3 things: to chew food, to speak properly, and our favorite at Allen Orthodontics, to look better when smiling!

Absentmindedly chewing on whatever you have in your hand like pens, pencils, eyeglasses... are you doing it right now? Stop! Again, Dr. Allen stresses that your teeth are designed to crush through things. By doing this you're putting more pressure on your teeth than you even realize.

Sipping on soda (diet too) over a long period of time can be detrimental to your teeth. You're literally washing your teeth in acid, and in the long term this leads to decay and loss of enamel.

Excessive snacking raises the acidity level in your mouth for a prolonged period of time. When you snack, it takes your saliva about an hour to return the acidity level in your mouth back to normal, but if you're snacking every hour or every two hours, the acidity level will be high many times throughout the day, which causes decay and enamel erosion.

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact Dr. Allen at 613.228.4000. Keep smiling!