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Health Tip: Avoid Damaging Teeth
Unhealthy habits to break

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- Brushing and flossing are frequently touted as ways to keep your teeth healthy, but there also are habits that you should avoid to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape.

The American Dental Association recommends:

  • Don't bite nails, which can harm your jaw and chip your teeth.
  • Don't brush your teeth too vigorously, which can damage teeth and gums. Brush gently with a soft-bristled brush.
  • Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth, which can lead to jaw pain and cracks in the teeth.
  • Don't crunch or chew ice, which can break a tooth.
  • Avoid snacking all day, especially on sugary foods.

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