Are you destroying your teeth with bad habits without even realizing it? Some of the things we do each day may build up to long-term consequences that leave us with long-term oral health problems or even result in tooth loss.
Here are just a few examples:
Using Tobacco Products
Most people think that snuff or smokeless tobacco is safer than cigarettes. But it isn’t. In fact, keeping snuff in your mouth causes gum recession – leading to exposed tooth roots. It may even cause oral cancer.
Cigarettes are just as bad. In most cases they make your gums look healthy, because there is not enough blood flow to cause gingivitis. This can mask gum disease and cause tooth loss even if you’re getting your teeth cleaned regularly.
Drinking Sports Drinks
Even if you workout regularly and brush your teeth twice a day, sports drinks can do a number on your teeth. The truth is, they are even worse on your enamel than certain types of soda! Some of the healthiest dental patients work out, eat right, but have horrible amounts of tooth decay because of what they drink during the week.
Chewing Your Nails
Constantly chewing your nails can cause irregular tooth wear and even risk certain types of oral infections! Most people don’t realize that they’re also spreading their own saliva around the workplace because of chewing their teeth between tasks. Use some nail clippers instead. Your coworkers will thank you!
Scrubbing Your Teeth Too Hard
The harder you brush your teeth, the cleaner they are – right? Wrong. A stiff bristled toothbrush or even scrubbing too hard with a soft brush can actually wear away your enamel and cause gum recession. This leads to hypersensitivity later on.
If you have questions about what may or may not be good for your smile, ask your Florida dentist or hygienist during your next checkup!