There are any number of activities in which there is a chance you could damage your teeth. Baseball, basketball and football are all obvious choices as sports that are safer when played wearing a mouthguard. And let’s not forget any sport where sticks are involved, like hockey for example. In fact, besides bowling, we are hard-pressed to find a sport that is not dangerous for your teeth.

But then, you are probably already aware that these types of activities can cause damage to your teeth. So when you gather at the park to lay a game of basketball or decide to throw the baseball around, you take precautions to protect your teeth. At least, this is what you should be doing. But you should also be aware that there are a number of habits you may have formed that have a negative impact on your teeth. Here are a few as chosen by your Torrance dentist.

Biting Your Nails

Nail biting is a common habit that can prove to be harmful to your teeth. It is best if you avoid this habit so that your teeth remain healthy and strong.

Chewing Ice

There are a number of people who love to indulge in chewing ice, for whatever reason. Ice is hard and this means there is a chance that you could damage your teeth. And while chewing ice might cool you down or soothe a sore throat, you could crack a tooth in the process.


When eating certain types of foods, like chicken and other meat for example, we can get residue stuck in the gaps of our teeth. This becomes a distraction and we seek the aid of a toothpick to rid ourselves these materials. But if you are not careful, you can cause damage by using a toothpick. So use caution when extracting that chunk of chicken.

Using a Toothbrush With Hard Bristles

While toothbrushes are an essential part of tooth care, using the wrong kind can actually damage your teeth. Toothbrushes with hard bristles are not recommended.

Brushing Right After Eating

You might think you are being very efficient if you rush to the bathroom to brush your teeth right after finishing your meal. The reality is that you could be doing more harm than good. You see, by waiting 30 to 40 minutes after you finish eating to brush, you allow saliva to naturally neutralize the low PH in your mouth caused by the foods you eat. If you brush straight away after eating, you are brushing the acids in your mouth into your teeth, which can leave your teeth sensitive over time.


Rinsing after brushing your teeth washes away the fluoride in your toothpaste, which is good for your teeth. The best thing to do is spit out the toothpaste after brushing but avoid rinsing.

Bottle Opening

Do not use your teeth to open beer bottles, it can cause damage. And while most people know this, they still are tempted to use their teeth as a tool in other situations, like prying the lid off the bottle of aspirin because you are struggling with the childproof cap or opening a package of AA batteries because those things are impossible to open without some sort of sharp instrument.