Healthy teeth and gums are not only beneficial for a memorable, aesthetically pleasing smile but they are a vital component of long-lasting oral health.
Although most of us desire beautiful teeth, we typically take them for granted, and with every bad habit, we could be jeopardizing the integrity of our smile. It is important to recognize these habits and to eradicate them from your everyday routine to keep your smile healthy and long-lasting.
Below are a few common habits you may be doing that wreak havoc on your teeth.
Teeth Grinding or Clenching
This condition is more common than you would think. Teeth clenching as well as grinding are very damaging to your teeth and overall oral health. Most individuals are simply unaware they have this because it typically occurs during sleep. Some signs may consist of headaches and jaw pain upon waking. Prevention is possible with a professional diagnosis and by wearing a night guard.
Aside from being one of the worst things for your oral and overall health, smoking not only severely stains teeth but it can also lead to tooth loss from advanced gum disease or oral cancers. If you were looking for another reason to quit smoking, consider the long-lasting health of your smile.
Using Teeth as Tools
Although our teeth are designed only to eat, chew, and speak, many tend to use them as tools. Though our teeth are strong, they are not indestructible. When you use teeth as tools, you put your smile at risk for permanent damage.
Snacking throughout the day creates a buildup of bacteria. If these microbes are left on teeth for a prolonged period, they can cause issues like decay and gingivitis. Plaque and bacteria also produce acidic substances that attack the protective outer layer of your teeth, weakening the enamel.
The team at Foothills Family Dental believe beautiful smiles begin with optimal oral health and we strive to achieve this through patient education and expert preventive treatments. Contact our office today to schedule your oral health consultation and examination.