Dental hygiene and care is an important practice for the health of teeth and gums. Our mouth is one of the most vulnerable areas to bacteria and infection and requires regular care. Good dental hygiene habits like brushing teeth twice a day, regularly visiting the dentist, and flossing are important practices. However, there are some dental habits that you may not realize are bad for you.
Here is a list of habits you can change:
1. Using teeth as tools. Many people have this habit. Using teeth to uncap bottles, tear open chip bags, straighten a bent fork, rip off a price tag, and other activities can potentially cause trauma to the edges of teeth and possibly fracture them.
2. Playing sports without a mouth guard. Some people play contact sports without using a mouth guard to protect teeth and soft tissue. Collisions with other athletes, balls, and the playing surface can cause major damage to the jaw, mouth, tongue, gums, and cheeks. Mouth guards exist to protect anyone who plays sports (contact or no) where they may be likely to get hit in the face.
3. Eating or drinking certain food. Excessive drinking of soda is bad for teeth. Soda contains acidic ingredients that can promote tooth decay and increase sensitivity. When you do consume carbonated beverages, use a straw to minimize the contact between the liquid and your teeth. Munching on ice is also a habit that can adversely affect teeth.
4. Rarely changing a toothbrush. Change your toothbrush every three months, and after you’ve been ill with a cold or flu. Avoid using using hard, bristled toothbrushes as they may increase tooth sensitivity.
If you have any other questions about any overlooked dental habits that may cause more harm than good, contact your friendly dentist at Simcoe Smile Dental : (289) 312-1482.