5 Oral Habits Your Dentist Will Be Glad You Broke

August 17, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — drjamesblock @ 2:18 pm

person breaking a cigarette in halfEveryone has bad dental habits, some worse than others. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to correct them. They can have detrimental impacts on your mouth over time and leave you more susceptible to issues like cavities, infection, and even gum disease. Each time you visit your dentist in Fremont, they’ll alert you to how these habits are impacting your oral health, giving you a chance to make necessary lifestyle changes. Read on to learn five of the most common practices and why you should make an effort to stop doing them.

Using Tobacco Products

Smoking, vaping, and using any other tobacco products isn’t just terrible for your oral health, but you’re probably well aware that it also impacts your overall wellbeing. Using these products dries out your mouth and keeps you from producing the proper amount of saliva, leaving bacteria to accumulate in your mouth because they’re not being routinely rinsed away. The tar and nicotine in cigarettes also make your teeth develop a yellow tint after a short amount of time. The longer you use tobacco products, the browner your teeth can turn in color.

Grinding Your Teeth in Response to Stress

When you get stressed out, that doesn’t just go away once you lay down to go to sleep at night. It can manifest into bad habits for your oral health like teeth grinding and clenching. It can be difficult to stop this habit, but you can reduce the impact it’ll have on your oral health by getting a custom-crafted nightguard from your dentist.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Everyone has probably used their teeth to rip tape off a roll or help them open a package of candy. In the absence of handy scissors, your mouth can seem like the next best tool. However, this causes excessive wear-and-tear on your teeth and increases your risk of experiencing a dental emergency.

Aggressively Brushing Your Teeth

Although it may seem like the harder you brush your teeth, the more plaque you’re able to remove, you’re actually causing your mouth more harm when you do this. Aggressive dental care can cause bleeding gums and even lead to them receding and exposing the roots of your teeth, which can be painful and dangerous. Be sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and try a gentler technique.

Eating Tons of Sugar and Carbohydrates

Constant snacking and having a sweet tooth can put your oral health at risk by causing dental decay. That’s because oral bacteria feed off of plaque created by sugar and carbohydrates that accumulate in your mouth. They can then release an acid that erodes your enamel. If you do love sweets and starchy snacks, be sure to brush well after you enjoy them.

Small oral habits like the ones listed above can cost you your smile, so why take that risk? You can make necessary lifestyle changes today to help preserve the health of your teeth and gums and protect your overall wellbeing. Your body will thank you for it later!

About the Author

Dr. James Block is a third-generation dentist who is passionate about continuing his family tradition of providing reliable and trustworthy dental care to his patients. He keeps up-to-date with the latest technology and techniques in his field so he can give his patients the highest quality of treatment. He provides comprehensive care, including everything from routine checkups and cleanings to custom-crafted nightguards. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call 510-793-0801.

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