8 Ways You're Damaging Your Teeth Every Day

Brushing too hard

Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and gums, leading to sensitivity and pain.

Using a toothbrush with hard bristles

A toothbrush with hard bristles can also damage your teeth and gums.

Not flossing regularly

Not flossing can lead to the buildup of plaque and bacteria between teeth, which can cause decay and gum disease.

Eating too much sugar

Consuming too much sugar can contribute to tooth decay and cavities.

Drinking acidic beverages

Acidic beverages like soda and fruit juice can erode tooth enamel over time.

Chewing on ice

Chewing on ice can chip or crack your teeth.

Using your teeth as tools

Using your teeth to open packages or bite your nails can cause them to chip or crack.

Grinding your teeth

Grinding your teeth, often done unconsciously during sleep, can wear down tooth enamel and cause jaw pain.


Smoking can stain teeth and contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.