There is a direct relationship between what happens in your mouth and what happens in your body. Maintaining good oral health can prevent medical conditions such as diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
Poor oral care involves the accumulation of bacteria along the gum line, which creates a safe haven for bacteria. In addition, irregular tooth brushing can lead to more severe conditions such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Unfortunately, too many of us have acquired some bad habits. Of course, most of us are simply unaware of the damage caused by this behavior.
Here are 7 top habits that can damage your teeth and gums:
1. Opening things
Yes, your teeth are not meant to be used in place of a knife, scissors, or bottle opener! When we do this, we increase the likelihood of one or more teeth breaking or chipping.
2. Tobacco use
There are not many surprises here. Mountains of research have linked tobacco use to an increased risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Aside from the potential for cancer (as if that weren’t a very important reason!), tobacco can stain your teeth.
3. Nail biting
“Stop biting your nails!” Does anyone else remember how they were yelled at? There are several good reasons for this.
First, think about how often your fingers come into contact throughout the day. Over a 24 hour period, we will accumulate millions of bacteria on our hands and under our nails. Thus, not only the chances of disease increase, we can also damage the tooth.
Although some teenagers find it trendy to have a piercing anywhere in the mouth, it is risky. According to the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), piercings can lead to “chronic trauma to adjacent teeth and mucosa (inside the cheek, lips, taste buds), including fracture in the teeth and gum recession, which can lead to tooth loss.”
5. Eating foods that are too acidic
Eating too many high acid foods (lemons, limes, oranges, etc.) can really damage the enamel (hard outer layer) of your teeth. Enamel damage significantly increases the risk of caries and oral diseases.
People who clench their jaws crumble their teeth. They usually do it because of a nervous habit or stress. While dental professionals claim that clenching and grinding teeth increases the risk of malocclusion and deterioration of teeth.
7. Consumption of high amounts of sugar
Generally, the more sugar consumed, the higher the presence of mouth bacteria.
Here are some tips courtesy of the experts.
- First, start practicing regular oral care. This means that you should brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day.
- Second, see your dentist if you notice significant gum recession. Receding gums are a common oral problem, and a dentist can prescribe a variety of procedures that can both restore gum tissue and prevent further damage.
- Third, refrain from any behavior or habit that could damage your teeth.