Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups are a must for maintaining good oral health. On the other hand, habits like nail biting, smoking, teeth grinding, using teeth as tools, and not visiting the dentist regularly can cause damage to our oral health. Here is how.
Nail biting is a compulsive habit that is not only unsightly but can also cause the teeth to chip and break. Biting the nails can cause the front teeth to become shorter and create an uneven bite. It can also damage the gums and cause them to recede.
If you struggle with this bad habit, try wearing gloves or keep your hands busy. If you just can’t kick the habit, talk to your dentist, and they will suggest ways that will help.
Indulging in aggressive habits such as brushing teeth too hard or too frequently may cause enamel to wear off and expose the tooth’s dentin layer. Significant damage to teeth can also be caused by using a toothbrush with hard bristles. Using too much force when brushing the teeth can lead to worn teeth and sensitive gum tissue. If the teeth are constantly exposed to strong pressure from the bristles of the brush, the enamel may wear away over time, and even the gums can be damaged. So, while it is important to keep your teeth clean by brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush for at least two minutes each session, you should ensure that you do not overdo your oral cleaning routine.
If you grind your teeth, you may be dealing with some serious oral health issues. Over time, clenching and grinding can crack the teeth and cause them to be more sensitive. They may also become worn down over time. This can lead to tooth decay and even tooth loss. Some patients may deal with facial pain or headaches as a result of their grinding habits. Be sure to see your dentist if you suspect you are grinding your teeth at night. Your dentist will be able to diagnose you and offer a treatment plan for you to follow. A custom mouth guard can be used to protect their teeth, especially when they sleep.
Cavities and gum disease are preventable issues. Regular trips to the dentist can help you avoid these problems entirely. However, many people do not visit their dentists for preventive checkups as often as they should. This is unfortunate because regular visits allow your dentist to keep a close eye on your oral health since he or she can treat any issues before they become major complications. So, if you have missed your last dental checkup, schedule your appointment with us at the earliest.
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