We all know that unhealthy habits are hard to break, but any habit is possible to change. Sometimes, just knowing what could go drastically wrong can help you stop your bad habits.
The sooner you put an end to harmful dental habits, the safer and healthier you’ll be. By avoiding these things you will prevent further damage, decay and irritation to your teeth. We are here at The Mall to advise you whenever you need it.
1. Using your teeth as a tool
You can’t see a bottle opener in sight so you end up resorting to using your teeth instead of an actual tool for convenience. Your front teeth or molars seem like an easy go-to when you want to open a bottle. However, tempted as you may be, please don’t use your teeth! This action is a quick way to crack or chip a tooth, leading to pain and necessary repairs.
Save yourself distress, time and money by using the right tool in the first place. Storing items such as scissors, nutcrackers and bottle openers in a drawer or cabinet that’s easy to reach will help change the habit. Return the tools to the same place each time so you’ll never be without them.
2. Chewing on Hard Objects
Whether it’s a piece of ice or the end of your pen, the pressure from regularly chewing hard objects causes damage in your mouth. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it can only take so much abuse until it becomes cracked or chipped. The soft tissue inside your teeth can become irritated or infected as well. So, the next time you feel the urge to chew, try substituting with sugar-free chewing gum or crunchy vegetables or fruit.
3. Consuming Too Much Sugar
We know how bad sugar is for tooth decay, yet we still can’t get enough of it. Moderation is the key to reducing the risks of consuming sugar. Soda, juices, sports drinks and milk have sugars as well as acids that stay on your teeth. Sweets and snacks alike are the worst because they can sit in the grooves of your teeth for a long time. The bacteria in your mouth thrives on sugar, eating away at the surface of your teeth. Eventually, you’ll be dealing with cavities. We like to see you at The Mall, but not too often!
Avoiding all sugar is impossible, but limiting your sugar intake is possible. Water is the best form of hydration, so make sure you are consuming more of it than anything else. Cleaning your teeth after consuming sugar helps as well, though be sure to wait at least 30 minutes to an hour after eating before doing so.
4. Brushing Your Teeth Incorrectly
It’s important to brush your teeth correctly to prevent disease and tooth decay. Brushing your teeth with the wrong technique and brush leads to irritated gums and tooth damage. If you do have a firm toothbrush, then replace it as soon as possible with a soft bristle brush. Hard bristles can remove the enamel from your teeth. Brush with gentle circular movements up and down all surfaces of your teeth for the best results. Flossing everyday is a good habit to develop because the floss removes what the toothbrush can’t reach. Your dentist at The Mall can advise you.
When we eat, our mouths become acidic. The job of our saliva is to buffer and neutralize this acid. Wait at least 30 minutes to an hour to allow for natural mineralization of your tooth enamel. If you need to freshen your breath or clean your mouth before this time, then try rinsing with water, gentle flossing, or a sugar-free mint or piece of gum.
5. Using Tobacco
Every Tobacco product causes major dental problems. Smoking or chewing tobacco leads to bad breath, stained teeth, tooth sensitivity and gum disease. This habit also increases plaque and tartar buildup, inflames the salivary glands, and causes receding gums. Over time, you will lose teeth and your odds of developing oral cancer rise. Reduce your chance of serious conditions by committing to quitting today.
You can improve your dental health, starting today. Talk to your dentist at The Mall if you have any further questions or need help in getting healthier today.