Despite the fact that you might be vigilant about your oral hygiene with regular cleaning and flossing,that's not all what is needed to keep your teeth in a top condition.Some daily habits can affect your teeth and need to be avoided.
Food and Drinks
Teeth enamel can be softened and worn away due to food and drinks containing acids,and this can result in sensitive teeth which will be affected by cold ,hot and sweets.
For example lemon and orange juices,soft drinks,energy sports drinks,excess amounts of fruits such as lemon ,tomatoes and oranges .
Softened enamel following few glasses of red wine or having acidic food can can rub away if brushed immediately,therefore it is essential to wait an hour or two before brushing,or if it's bedtime then its good to only rinse your mouth with water.
It is a good practice to also be aware of sugars added to your tea or coffee.Harmful bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugars and produce acids that demineralises the tooth enamel resulting in cavities.
It is essential to try to cut down on sugars hidden or added to food and drinks and to gradually retrain your taste buds to accept less sugars and still enjoy your treats.
Chewing Ice or Pencils
is a bad habit that can result in cracks or chips which may stain with red wine or caffeine or even bacteria can travel through advanced cracks into the tooth internal structure which contains the tooth nerve and blood supply causing a toothache or even abscesses in advanced cases.
Grinding and Clenching
Stressful times in our lives may lead us to subconsciously grind or clench our teeth,resulting in chips and cracks and generalised wear of the teeth.
Signs of grinding include sore teeth and jaws,sore over-worked jaw muscles and headaches around the temples.
It is very important to be aware of and diagnose this problem.People in general might not be aware of how damaging grinding their teeth might be,and it might be very helpful to fabricate a custom made night guard called an occlusal splint to protect those teeth and send signals to the brain which might help reducing the severity of grinding.
Meditation may also help!
This is the worst habit for our health in general ,teeth and the oral cavity are badly affected with stains to teeth,lower blood supply to gingival tissues and reduction of the production of saliva,a very strategic cleansing and PH buffering agent in the mouth.Salivary reduction can lead to plaque build up causing tooth decay and inflamed receding gums.
Smoking is a major causative factor for oral cancer including tongue,gums and lips.
Your dentist may question your smoking habit and discuss your efforts and willingness to cut down then eventually quit smoking.You may consider medication,patches.Call Quitline for support on 13 78 48.
Maintain a Healthy Smile
Through regular check ups ,At Elanora dentistry
we focus on prevention and early diagnosis.Most health insurances cover you twice a year for a check ,scale and clean and fluoride application. so might as well have something in return for your health insurance membership.