Unhealthy Habits That Can Put Your Oral Health At Risk

Unhealthy Habits That Can Put Your Oral Health At Risk

Unhealthy Habits That Can Put Your Oral Health At Risk

Our oral health plays an important role in our overall health. Any type of negligence related to oral health can worsen our overall health. Here are some bad habits that can damage our oral health.

  • Nail Biting

Biting your nails can lead to problems like tooth discoloration, teeth loss, and even cracked or broken teeth. It can also expose you to dangerous bacteria and germs that can invade your body through your mouth.

One way to stop yourself from chewing on your fingernails is to invest in a nice pair of gloves or mittens to keep your hands busy. You can also keep nails trimmed short to discourage you from chewing on them. If you have trouble controlling your habit, try indulging in another habit that you enjoy more instead. For example, chewing gum rather than your fingers.

  • Smoking

Tobacco use is one of the most significant factors in the development and progression of gum disease and tooth loss. In fact, smokers are six times more likely to suffer from periodontal disease than non-smokers. Other tobacco products, such as pipes, cigars, or chewing tobacco, are also dangerous to oral health.

These risks are compounded by the fact that tobacco use also decreases the amount of saliva in your mouth. Saliva helps wash away food particles and bacteria that can cause plaque buildup and tooth decay. Without enough saliva, you are more at risk of developing these oral conditions.

If you are a smoker, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your periodontal health. Talk to your doctor about ways to help you quit today!

In addition to improving your dental health, you will also have more time in your life to spend doing the things you love. Quitting smoking can improve your energy levels, mood, sleep, and more. You will also reduce your risk for cancer and diabetes by quitting.

  • Aggressive Tooth Brushing

People who brush their teeth too hard and too often can cause the enamel to wear away over time. This leads to tooth sensitivity or pain as the nerves become exposed. It also wears away the gums and causes gum recession which can lead to issues with bone loss. Gum recession can lead to tooth loss and shifting of your teeth. It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle strokes when cleaning your teeth. And it’s best to visit your dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and checkup!

  • Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding is a harmful habit that wears down our tooth enamel and causes jaw pain. It can also lead to serious conditions like TMJ disorder and broken or chipped teeth. It is important to talk to your dentist about treatments such as mouth guards to stop grinding before it gets out of hand.

  • Using Teeth As Tools

Think of opening beer bottles with your teeth or using your teeth to open containers. They are another way you can damage your mouth. When you put too much pressure on your teeth, you are wearing them down and causing problems with your smile. Avoid this behavior to protect your teeth from harm.

To find out more about the dental services we offer at Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates, Winston-Salem, NC, call (336) 744-1300 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit the dentist in Winston-Salem, NC, at 3801 Indiana Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.


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