The saying goes ‘old habits die hard’ and it’s true. Even when it comes to oral care! Today, we’re taking a look at some of the worst dental habits that can be hard to break. Do any of these apply to you?
Brushing too hard.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as brushing too hard. Brushing too hard on your teeth can really damage your oral health. Brushing that is too forceful can damage the surface of the tooth and can lead to gums receding, mean that more of the tooth is exposed than should be. This can lead to problems such as tooth sensitivity.
Using your mouth to open things.
Okay so we’ve all done this. Opening beer bottles, table sauce sachets, packets of sweets, tearing tags off of new clothing, you name it. It may be effective when you don’t have a bottle opener or scissors, but it can seriously harm your teeth and gums and you should avoid doing it at all costs! Your mouth is not a metal tool, so don’t treat it as though it is.
Another one that we are probably all guilty off. As boring as it may be, it is important and can make such a big difference to your overall oral health. Flossing helps to remove trapped debris in between teeth which leads to plaque. Build-up of plaque leads to Tartar which can only be removed properly by a dentist. After all, prevention is better than cure!
Grinding your teeth.
While not everyone does this, it is a habit that needs to be tackled head on. Grinding your teeth, otherwise known as ‘Bruxism’ can really wear teeth down. Whether you do it at night, during the day, consciously or unconsciously, it can really affect oral health. Dentists often recommend wearing a mouth guard at night in order to prevent the effects of grinding and in some cases, these can be custom-made to the shape of a patient’s mouth. Alternatively, there are some counselling treatments that can help patients to stop grinding their teeth. Speak to your dentist about this to see if they can help you.
Ignoring Bleeding Gums.
Occasionally, when we brush our teeth, we can notice small specs of blood. More often than not, it is nothing to worry about, but if it is persistent, it is important that you contact your dentist. Constant bleeding gums can be an indicator of a more concerning problem such as Periodontitis, otherwise known as gum disease. It is crucial to tackle gum disease early on as it can lead to tooth/teeth loss and a lot of pain for a patient.
Trying to break your habits can be tricky but if you are struggling, speak to your dentist and see what they can do to help you. Looking for a dentist that can help you with a specific problem or treatment? We can help. Head over to DefactoDentists.com search your location, browse your options and pick your perfect practice.