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8 Bad Oral Health Habits & How To Fix Them

4th December 2019

Are you guilty of any bad oral health habits? Read our article and find out which bad habits you have and what you can do to prevent any oral health problems.

 

Crunching ice and sipping ice cold drinks

 

While enjoying ice in your drink can be really refreshing and can add to the presentation of cocktails and juices, regularly consuming ice can have a negative impact on your oral health. Frequently chewing, crunching or sucking on ice can damage tooth enamel and cause chips or cracks in the teeth. This can lead to sensitive teeth and pain when consuming hot or cold food and drinks. So next time you reach for the ice, save a thought for your teeth.

 

Using teeth as tools

 

Using your teeth to open packaging or open bottles may be convenient at the time but can cause damage to your teeth in the long run. This also has the potential to cause teeth to chip and crack. Next time you got to use your teeth as tools find the bottle opener or scissors instead. You’ll thank us in the long run.

 

Teeth grinding

 

Teeth grinding can be caused by a number of things but can often be related to stress and anxiety. If you notice that you’re grinding your teeth during the day, night or both then it’s worth having a chat with your dentist and your GP. Teeth grinding can cause numerous problems including headaches, teeth sensitivity and structural damage to your teeth. Your dentist will be able to help you prevent and further damage, while your GP may be able to help you get to the route of the problem.

 

Not brushing teeth for long enough or often enough

 

Many adults pick up the bad habit of either not brushing their teeth for long enough or only brushing them once a day. Not brushing your teeth properly can cause a buildup of plaque and potentially cause cavities and the need fillings or other dental work. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and for 2 minutes each time. If you’re not sure if you’re brushing for long enough, try setting a timer.

 

Nail biting

 

Similar to using your teeth as tools and chewing ice, biting your nails also has the potential to cause your teeth to crack or chip. It could also cause your teeth to move out of place, which is not ideal if you’ve already had braces or invisalign. People who bite their nails tend to do so chronically, so to prevent this from happening try buying an over the counter treatment such as bad tasting nail varnish 

 

Brushing too hard

 

While you may think it’s best to brush your teeth with vigour, brushing your teeth too hard can have adverse effects. It can lead to problems such as enamel wear, receding gums and sensitivity. Although it’s important to brush your teeth properly doing it too hard can actually cause the white enamel layer to wear away making your teeth look more yellow. If you’re not sure if you’re brushing too hard, then take a look at your toothbrush. If you’ve had your brush for 3 months or less your bristles should still look relatively new. If they are flat and worn out chances are you’re brushing way too hard.

 

Smoking

 

Most people know that smoking is bad for their health but did you know that it’s also bad for your oral health. Some of the most common oral health side effects from smoking include the severe staining of teeth, gum disease and in some cases mouth cancer. The nicotine and tar in tobacco can rapidly stain your teeth, and is particularly worse in people who have smoked for years. Smokers are also more likely to produce bacterial plaque and the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream from smoking can prevent the gums from healing. Making the gum disease get worse more quickly than in non smokers.

 

Not visiting the dentist regularly

 

Possibly the worst oral health habit to have is not regularly visiting the dentist. Regular dental checkups allow your dentist to see if you have any dental problems and to check that your mouth is healthy. This way if any problems occur, your dentist is able to treat you as soon as possible. Leaving problems untreated can make them more difficult and costly to treat in the long run too. You should have a dental checkup every 6 months, so if you’re overdue an appointment why not give us a call on 01709 917 666.

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