8 Daily Habits which can ruin your teeth
Traralgon Dentists :”We all learn how to brush our teeth as part of growing up. Remember the times we take our first steps, tie our own shoe laces, sing our first nursery rhymes?”
However, when it comes to looking after our teeth, it is unknown to most people, there are daily habits which can ruin our teeth. Here are the 8 habits in a nutshell:
1) Using our teeth as apparatus . We all encounter a moment in time where we can’t find a bottle opener, or a pistachio nut which we are unable to remove the shell. The temptation to use your teeth as as apparatus may be great, but it is dangerous.
Your teeth are designed to bite and cut your food and to smile. While they are harder than your bones, they can still chip or fracture when they encounter similarly hard substances. Teeth that are heavily filled are also very vulnerable to cracks.
Next time don’t use your teeth as apparatus, consider using the right tool for the right job.
2) Chewing Idiosyncrasies. We have seen many people enjoy the habits of chewing on things like pencils, paper clips, ice cubes and etc. Here at Valley Gentle Dental Traralgon Dentists Clinic, our team of dentists always warn you against these chewing idiosyncrasies. These habits can potentially be harmful for your teeth, gum and your lips etc.
If you have to chew while you work, chew on a piece of sugar-free chewing gum.
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3) Spending too much time in sports activities. Latest studies suggest long sessions of sports activities are detrimental to teeth. These activities reduce your salivary flow, which in turn cause your teeth to be prone to decay. Sports drinks which are usually consumed in conjunction with sports activities are loaded with sugar. These drinks will damage your teeth.
If you have to drink, drink water.
4) Grinding . Have you notice, sometimes when you are late for work or school, or sometimes you have to meet a certain deadline for your project, you clench your jaw? Subconsciously, clenching of jaw leads to grinding of your teeth. If you grind your teeth too regularly, you may wear down your teeth causing severe sensitivity.
Here at Valley Gentle Dental Traralgon Dentists Clinic, if you are diagnosed with teeth grinding, we can make you a custom nightguard to wear to minimize damage to your teeth. We use Pride Dental Care as providers of all our lab work.
5) Contact sports. We love our footy. But how many of your teammates wear a proper mouthguard. Many of injuries at footy field are avoidable including damage to your teeth.
Consult us today at Valley Gentle Dental Traralgon Dentists clinic, for a custom made mouthguard. We can even use your team colour.
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6) Brushing immediately after you eat. Most people are unaware that cleaning your teeth immediately you eat can be harmful. Acids created by your saliva to dissolve food exist most during and immediately after meals.
To counter the acids, you can consider chewing on a piece of sugar free chewing gum or even a piece of cheese before you clean your teeth.
7) Brushing too hard. Do you use a medium or hard tooth brush? If you do, the bristles of these toothbrushes may have caused irreversible damage to your gum.
Brushing too hard can also contribute to receding gum. These in long term may result in sensitivity of your teeth or in severe cases nerves of teeth dying.
Consider using a soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrush to avoid irreversible damage to your gum.
8. Brushing with natural toothpaste. Many people enjoy using natural products eg. fluoride free natural toothpaste, charcoal toothpaste etc. These products lack of one vital ingredient : fluoride. Without the presence of fluoride, your teeth can be more vulnerable to decay.
At Valley Gentle Dental Traralgon Dentists Clinic, we recommend the use of fluoride containing toothpaste when you clean your teeth. Toothpastes with Novamin or Arginine are useful to reduce sensitivity.