Habits That Could Be Harming Your Teeth and Gums

Bruxism in Sevierville

Great oral health is the key to a healthy smile, but sometimes, we engage in habits that can harm our teeth and gums. This can lead to several serious dental problems. Dr. Rader is committed to restoring, enhancing, and maintaining your smile. Below is a list of bad habits that can jeopardize your oral health.

Biting Your Nails

Nail biting is a habit that many people have. It often arises in childhood and continues throughout adulthood. This habit can result in sore skin around the nails as well as a less-than-appealing nail appearance. However, this habit causes more than cosmetic problems. Misusing your teeth in this way can expose the mouth to harmful bacteria that may be residing under the nails. Additionally, repeated nail biting puts stress on the teeth and jaw. Keeping the nails short, applying bitter-tasting nail polish, and getting regular manicures can make biting your nails less appealing.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

In addition to biting your nails, you should not use your teeth as tools, such as when opening packages. This habit can have serious consequences for your teeth and gums and can result in chips and fractures. Always make sure that you have appropriate tools on hand to prevent unnecessary damage to your teeth.

Frequent Snacking

Snacking throughout the day, especially on sugary foods and beverages, means more bacteria and germs can remain on the surfaces of the teeth. If your oral hygiene routine is lax, frequent snacking can put you at risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease, leading to pain, bleeding gums, and tooth loss if not addressed. Consider limiting snacking or choosing healthy food options, such as celery and fruits.


Smoking can put you at risk for several oral problems. Cigarettes and tobacco can stain your teeth, cause bad breath, and even raise your risk of cancer. Additionally, smoking after certain dental procedures can impede your healing and cause complications. Quitting smoking can boost your oral health and well-being.

Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism is an unconscious oral habit in which you grind your teeth or clench your jaw. Bruxism can develop as a reaction to negative emotions, such as stress, anxiety, or fear. Bruxism can sometimes occur during sleep and can result in severe tooth damage as well as other jaw disorders.

Healthier Teeth and Gums in Sevierville

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