Brushing your teeth twice a day is the bare minimum that you need to do to keep your teeth clean and healthy. But you will be facing a losing battle if you have fallen into these common habits that are bad for your teeth. In this blog, we’ll talk about the most common habits and why you need to avoid them to enjoy better oral health.
We all now how bad smoking is for our health and while it may take years for you to develop symptoms and signs that show the effect on your health, the effects on your teeth appear much more quickly. Some of the dental problems that are caused by smoking include:
- Yellow or brown stains on your teeth
- Bad breath
- Reduced sense of taste
- Gum disease
- Oral cancer
If you haven’t stopped smoking yet then now really is the time to kick the habit before you do more damage to your health and teeth.
Biting your nails
The space between your fingernails and skin is the perfect environment for bacteria and germs to form and can be home to hundreds of thousands of microbial germs. By biting your nails you’ll be transferring these germs and bacteria to your mouth which could lead to dental and other health issues. Biting your nails also puts added stress on your teeth as you’ll often use the same teeth to trim your nails. For those who struggle with biting their nails there are special nail polishes that have a bitter taste that can help you stop.
Brushing your teeth only removes food deposits on the surface of your teeth but does little to stop plaque and bacteria from building up around the root of your tooth and gumline. Regular flossing helps to remove this build up and will keep gingivitis and gum disease at bay leaving your mouth noticeably cleaner that just brushing alone.
Opening things with your teeth
It can be tempting to use your teeth to open boxes, packaging and even bottles but you only get one set of teeth and it is very easy to chip or crack a tooth by using your teeth for tasks that they haven’t been designed for. If you use your teeth to open packaging and other items then now is the time to stop before you damage your teeth.
Chewing on anything other than food
Many people get into the habit of chewing on pens, pencils and other items while they are working. The trouble is that it is all too easy to cause damage to your teeth’s enamel by chewing on hard objects that you really shouldn’t be. Also, many objects found on your desk could be covered in germs and bacteria which could also lead to illness and other health problems.
It’s all to common to eat out of boredom and snack on treats that are full of sugar that make you feel good such as cakes, chocolate, and sweets. Regular snacking isn’t just bad for your diet but it could also cause you oral health problems, particularly if you go for sugary snacks. Snacking will lead to food particles being left in your mouth which will increase the production of plaque by the bacteria in your mouth. If you do snack during the day then try to limit your choices to low sugar treats such as nuts and always rinse out your mouth with water to help remove any excess food particles.