Your dentist offers great advice about the best ways to care for your teeth … brushing, flossing, using the correct products for your needs, and keeping your dental visits every six months. They will talk about the dangers of too many sugary snacks and beverages, and the potential results from tobacco use, but there are other things many folks do that can result in needed dental repair that you probably don’t think about.
Ice – Munching on ice can result in chipping or breaking teeth. Dental enamel is strong, but for some folks not as strong as what consistent munching on frozen water can be. Once a tooth has been cracked, chipped, or broken, a repair is necessary in the form of a dental crown or bonding of some sort.
Biting nails – This is more than just unsanitary; teeth can become weakened and even result in a malocclusion when this is a habit. The possibility of infection also exists.
Clenching and grinding – This habit usually gets it start during periods of sleep. The reasons can be numerous and include anxiety, a malocclusion (when top teeth do not align properly with bottom teeth), or some type of illness. We all experience stress occasionally, but when continuous and grinding/clenching occur, the end result can be broken teeth, dental decay, cosmetic flaws, and/or gum disease. And very often what starts out subconsciously while asleep carries over into a daytime habit as well.
Using teeth like scissors – How many of us may try to open a package with strength, but when that fails resort to teeth. Next time you think of doing this, imagine the time and cost involved in needed dental repair and seek out a pair of scissors instead.
Miscellaneous chewing – Pens and pencils are for writing, but subconsciously we often will put a writing instrument in the mouth while pondering what should be written. Chewing naturally follows, and can do extensive damage.
Tobacco – Whether smoked or chewed, tobacco can increase the likelihood of periodontal disease.
Missed dental appointments – Without regular dental appointments, plaque build-up increases promoting the potential for tooth decay and gum disease.
A regular daily oral hygiene regimen of brushing and flossing coupled with dental visits every six months will help keep your teeth and gums healthy and looking fantastic. To schedule your next appointment, call our office at 269-979-1500.