Oral health is essential for a person's overall well-being. However, several habits can cause damage to your teeth and increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental health problems. Listed below are some common bad dental habits.
Flossing regularly is important, but many people don't do it as often as they should. If you tend to battle plaque buildup and gum disease, it might be time to consider a more frequent flossing routine. Plaque left in the mouth can cause tooth decay and other problems down the road. Over time, it can also cause your gums to recede. When gums start to recede, the tissue underneath becomes exposed, which can leave your teeth feeling sensitive and even develop painful cavities on the roots of the teeth.
A soft toothbrush and floss are all you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Brush in circular motions working your way around each tooth to get at the sides and backs. Be sure to brush gently on the gum tissue as you clean as well. Floss by using a back-and-forth motion that removes bacteria from the areas between the teeth. Don't forget to floss behind the last molars as well. These areas are often overlooked when people floss, but they still need attention!
There are many reasons people skip their appointments with the dentist. While change can be intimidating, making the decision to visit your dentist on a regular basis will make a big difference in your oral health for the rest of your smile's life.
Some of the reasons patients avoid dental care include the following:
However, avoiding the dentist can lead to serious health issues and problems such as gum disease or tooth decay that may require costly treatment. If the thought of visiting the dentist makes you nervous, talk to your dentist about how to make your visit more comfortable and relaxing. Many dentists offer nitrous oxides, local anesthesia, or other comfort options to help patients manage any anxiety about their visit to the dentist's office.
Some people grind their teeth when they're under stress. This is commonly referred to as bruxism. What you might not realize is that grinding your teeth is actually bad for your dental health. Your teeth will be worn down over time, and you may even suffer from jaw pain as a result.
If you've already developed a condition due to teeth grinding, we can help with that too! You may need a night guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. This will help reduce the effects of bruxism and its side effects. In some cases, we might recommend Botox as well to help with your TMJ disorder. If you're concerned about bruxism, be sure to talk to us about it at your next appointment. We will be happy to assess your situation and provide you with the appropriate treatment.
Your oral health is directly linked to your overall health, so it's important to keep your mouth healthy for good overall health. While smoking can lead to lung cancer and heart disease, it can also contribute to gum disease and oral cancers. If you have a habit of smoking or using chewing tobacco, talk to your dentist about cessation methods or treatments that can help protect your smile.
When you smoke or use tobacco products, the harmful substances entering your body can weaken your immune system and make your mouth more susceptible to infection. Gum disease is a common issue among smokers, as are cavities in the teeth and bad breath. All of these conditions can make your smile less attractive and cause you embarrassment in public settings.
To learn about the dental services we offer or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, you can call us from your nearest location or make a visit to our office closer to your convenient location. We will be happy to assist you further.
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