Even if we take utmost care of brushing and flossing daily, still certain practices cause more damage to the teeth than we can think of.
Certain drinks, physical activities, and the foods we consume can damage their teeth and gums.
In order to have a healthy and white smile, following practices are to be avoided or stopped as they are detrimental towards oral health.
1. BINGE EATING –
Eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetable is not the problem. The problem lies in eating junk food frequently.
Sticky food is the main culprit for causing dental caries as well as obesity.
Hence rinsing after every meal is necessary.
2. SUGARY TREATS –
High sugar intake is a major causative factor of dental cavities. Candies, Gums, Sticky foods all contain high amount of sugar which are easy targets of oral bacteria to feed on and cause acid production. This erodes away the enamel of tooth and ultimately leads to dental caries.
Hence, limit the intake of sugar containing foods.
Sugar free candies and gums are a good alternative.
3. FAULTY BRUSHING TECHNIQUE –
Not brushing properly or using a hard brush and brushing vigorously, both are not good for our dental health.
Brushing harshly lead to wearing away of teeth structure. Hence it might lead to teeth sensitivity.
Brush twice a day and use a soft brush.
4. SMOKING –
Smoking and consumption of tobacco not just stains our teeth but also increases the chances of developing gum diseases and risk of oral cancer.
Therefore avoid tobacco consumption as much you can.
5. CRUNCHING ICE –
Chewing ice is a very common habit. But this practice often leads to breaking or cracking of tooth surface commonly called as cracked tooth. The typical symptom of this dental problem is acute pain while chewing or biting.
Avoid chewing on ice as much as possible.
6. THUMB SUCKING –
Thumb sucking is fine for young infants who are teething or less than 3 yrs of age but this bad habit can damage the alignment of the teeth over time. In this, this may cause misaligned and forwardly placed teeth. This requires braces for correction.
Thumb sucking can be prevented at all ages. Consult your child to dentist as soon as possible.
7. TOOTH GRINDING –
Teeth grinding or jaw clenching is a very common habit of many people specially at night during sleep or when they are stressed or anxious.
Furthermore, this habit called bruxism causes wearing of teeth structure, TMJ problems, headache and jaw pain.
Mouth guards are made available by your dentist to be worn at night for this problem.
8. AERATED OR CAFFEINATED DRINKS –
Soft drink cans, alcohol, or caffeinated drinks like soft drinks, coffee stain and erode the teeth and high sugar content in them also increase the chances of teeth caries. Therefore their intake should be limited.
9. NAIL BITING –
Nail-biting has the potential for cracking, chipping, or wearing down the teeth over time. However, nail biting can also cause jaw problem eventually.
10. NEGLECTING DENTAL HYGIENE –
Dental hygiene comes last in many of ours priority list, Many of the people do not consult a dentist until n unless there is some severe pain or swelling. Till that time the problem is too hard to handle.
Regular dental check up is absolutely essential for maintaining good oral hygiene along with regular brushing and flossing.
All we need to keep in mind for healthy white and bright teeth are these –
- Brush twice daily and use a mouthrinse
- Rinse after every meal
- Avoid smoking or tobacco consumption
- Use a soft tooth brush
- Limit caffeine intake
- do not chew ice or pen caps
- Visit your dentist regularly
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