If you care about your oral health, then you may have already learned a few extra ways you can help to protect your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, for instance, are incredibly important. A healthy diet and regular dental visits can also help. But have you thought about the many seemingly small bad oral habits you could have, that could eventually lead to some major dental issues? If not, it can be important to realize how those daily habits you have developed could be impacting your dental health.
Do You Have the Bad Oral Habits of Chewing On Ice, or Bite Your Pencil or Nails?
Many people chew on ice or even the ends of their pens or pencils, particularly when stressed. Chewing on nails is another bad habit many people have picked up. Unfortunately, chewing on anything other than food or gum, can potentially lead to tooth damage. The harder the item the more likely it is to create issues. This is why ice, in particular, can lead o chipped or cracked teeth.
Do You Skip Flossing, or Only Brush Once a Day?
When it comes to dental hygiene, daily brushing and daily flossing is incredibly important. Combined these habits take very little time, yet most adults admit that they do not floss as regularly as they should.
If you want to remove more plaque bacteria, before it can irritate your gum tissue or cause cavities, flossing should be part of your daily routine!
Do You Sip Coffee or Soda Throughout the Day?
While it can be tempting to keep a cup of coffee or glass of soda on hand, especially at work when you might want a pick-me-up, slowly drinking acidic drinks throughout the day can be incredibly damaging to teeth. That’s because it increases the length of time your teeth spend exposed to the substances. That goes for drinking sports drinks too. Sports drinks are incredibly bad for your tooth enamel. As an alternative, you might consider some dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has actually been shown to to prevent cavities.
Water is your best drink choice, but if you are going to have something sweet or acidic, try having it with a meal, when chewing healthier items can help to mitigate its effects. A healthy diet, in general, can help keep your smile healthy!
Keep Away From Bad Oral Habits and Protect Your Smile?
Preventive dentistry helps protect teeth and gums against cavities and other dental problems. You can schedule a preventive appointment with Dr. Fondriest by calling us at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago and the surrounding communities.