Unhealthy Habits That Can Put Your Oral Health At Risk

Unhealthy Habits That Can Put Your Oral Health At Risk

Good oral health is the key to having a beautiful, healthy smile. Practicing good oral health habits can help maintain your teeth, gums, and breath. Listed below are a few bad oral health habits that can damage your teeth.

  • Nail Biting

One of the most common bad habits is nail biting. This bad habit can cause a lot of damage to your teeth. When you bite down on your fingernails or on other objects, you subject your teeth to an enormous amount of force and pressure. This pressure can lead to fractures in your teeth, problems with your jaw joint, and even tooth loss. It is important to stop this habit immediately in order to avoid further damage to your teeth and mouth. You can do so by wearing bitter-tasting nail polish. You may also want to practice mindful meditation if stress is the reason you bite your nails.

  • Smoking

To maximize your oral health and prevent tooth decay and other complications, avoid cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. If you smoke, consider quitting to reduce the health risks associated with it.

In addition to increasing your risk for lung cancer and heart disease, smoking also affects your oral health. When you inhale cigarette smoke, you expose your mouth to nicotine and tar from the cigarette. Both of these substances increase your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. The chemicals in tobacco can also stain your teeth and give you bad breath. Stop smoking today to improve your oral and overall health. Talk to the dentist about additional ways you can improve your oral health if you currently smoke and need help quitting. Some dentists offer in-house smoking cessation programs or referrals to other resources, such as clinics or support groups, that can help you quit for good.

  • Brushing Teeth Aggressively

If you brush your teeth too aggressively, you are more likely to experience sensitivity and even fractured or chipped teeth. The enamel layer of your teeth is a hard outer layer that acts as protection from bacteria in your mouth and chewing forces from eating. Forcing the toothbrush bristles against the enamel can cause damage over time. Over time, this can lead to tooth erosion and decay.

We recommend using a soft-bristled brush and gently moving it in small circles along the gum line, so plaque and tartar don’t get pushed below the gum line. Use light pressure when brushing your teeth, and avoid pressing down too hard on the toothbrush at all. 

  • Teeth Grinding

Another thing that can lead to damaged teeth and cause them pain is bruxism or teeth grinding. If you are feeling chronic tooth pain or notice abnormal wear on your teeth, like notches on the edges of your teeth, you may be grinding your teeth at night while you sleep. It is important to visit your dentist to treat this problem before it gets worse. Talk to your family dentist about different mouthguards you can use to prevent yourself from grinding your teeth during sleep.

  • Not Visiting The Dentist Regularly

Regular visits to the dentist are essential to maintain the health of teeth and gums. The dentist may be able to identify and treat potential issues before they turn into bigger problems. Patients should keep their oral hygiene habits in check and visit their dentist at least once every six months for a checkup and cleaning. If a patient is suffering from tooth sensitivity or gum disease, they must visit their dentist more frequently to prevent further deterioration of their teeth.

Dicus Family Dentistry is equipped with the best dentists and modern amenities that enable the best treatment for the patients. To learn more about us, visit our office at 15 McCabe Drive, #201, Reno, NV 89511. You can also reach us at (775) 828-7246 and schedule an appointment.


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