How much do your daily choices impact the health of your teeth and gums? Many people don’t realize that small actions each day are leading to long-term dental issues. Without proper care, tooth decay and gum disease are inevitable. But, you have the option to change your dental habits at any time if you want to protect your smile.
Your dentist can help you understand more about the common habits that might be hurting your teeth. Here are a few things that you should keep in mind:
Everything that you put in your mouth can either help or hurt the quality of your teeth. Bad eating habits can lead to tooth discoloration, cracks, weakened tooth structure, and more.
Never use your teeth to tear open plastic bags or hold a bobby pin in your mouth. It is also bad to crunch on hard items, such as hard candy or ice. Keep in mind that your teeth are designed for eating, and they shouldn’t be used as tools for other activities.
Also, consider the way sugary foods impact the health of your teeth. When sugar comes in contact with the surface of the teeth, it causes the formation of bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Don’t suck on candy or fruit pits throughout the day. Avoid sipping on soda all day long. If you choose to eat refined sugar, it is best to enjoy the food and then brush your teeth when you are done eating.
Coffee and other dark-colored drinks can also affect the color of your teeth. These liquids stain the surface of the teeth, causing your smile to look yellow.
It is essential that you are using the right dental equipment for your teeth. For example, the quality of your toothbrush will have an impact on your oral health. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush because firm bristles can cause damage to the gums. Be gentle with the brushing movements and make sure that you reach all surface areas of the teeth.
Be careful if you have nervous habits that affect the teeth. Chewing on toothpicks, pencils, or fingernails can damage teeth over time. If you grind your teeth during the day or night, then it is important that you talk to your dentist about treatments to relax the jaw.
At Dental Group of Bloomingdale, we are working hard to educate our patients about good dental habits. Call us anytime if you have questions about your dental health.
Dr. Burnett grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico spending most of his time outdoors or playing sports.
Dr. Gromov is graduate of University of Pennsylvania Perio-Prosthesis Program.
Dr. Reznikov grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.