Bad Habits That Can Damage Our Oral Health

Bad Habits That Can Damage Our Oral Health

Posted by Askari on Oct 18 2022, 10:49 PM

Oral health is very important for overall health. Good oral hygiene habits can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues. Listed below are few bad oral health habits that can negatively affect our oral health.

Smoking

The habit itself is a cause of oral cancer, but nicotine and tar in cigarettes also have corrosive properties that wear away at the enamel of your teeth. This makes it easier for bacteria to attack and cause cavities, gum disease, and even mouth cancer.

When smoking a cigarette or cigar, you tend to hold it between your lips for long periods of time, which puts you at risk of developing leukoplakia, or oral lesions caused by irritations resulting from chewing tobacco. Over time, these lesions can turn into cancer and require intensive treatment to fix.

When you smoke, you're also exposing your mouth to a large number of carcinogens, such as formaldehyde, which are toxic to your body and can cause damage to other body parts, like the lungs. These chemicals are also absorbed into your gums, causing further damage.

Smokers are at greater risk of dying from heart disease than non-smokers. Quitting smoking or cutting back on how much you can lower your chances of developing some of these conditions and improve your overall quality of life.

A dentist is your best resource to help you quit smoking. They can provide strategies for quitting and recommend specific treatments that can help get your oral health back on track after you've kicked the habit.

Brushing Teeth Aggressively

Most patients don't brush their teeth correctly because a toothbrush can't reach certain spots inside the mouth. Because of this, plaque and bacteria tend to build around our gums and between teeth. But when we do brush incorrectly, we may actually be causing more damage to our mouths than good. A hard-bristled toothbrush is one of the worst things to use because it can erode enamel. Enamel doesn't grow back, so brushing too harshly can cause irreversible damage. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and only go back and forth on your teeth once per day for two minutes.

Nail Biting

Habitual nail biting causes damage to the teeth and jaw and can also affect a person's self-esteem. Nail biting can also lead to painful infections of the oral cavity. Nail-biting can also cause the teeth to be worn down over time. This can cause bite issues and create alignment problems for patients. It can also affect the gum tissue and cause gum recession. A recession occurs as a result of gum loss from excessive tooth grinding and may result in damage to the root of the tooth.

The habit of nail biting is often difficult to break because it is often done when an individual is bored. Patients who suffer from this habit should utilize stress-relieving tactics such as meditation or exercise to break the habit. Additionally, strategic use of bitter-tasting nail polish and consistent reminders to consciously stop their nail-biting habits should help patients overcome this bad habit.

Teeth Grinding

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a very common problem and can occur at any time of the day. It often occurs at night as our jaw muscles relax, but some people grind their teeth during the day as well. To understand whether you have bruxism, you should look out for signs of teeth grinding, such as tooth sensitivity, worn-down teeth, and chronic headaches. If you've noticed that your teeth are becoming shorter or worn down, you might be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Also, if you wake up with a headache or a sore jaw, it is also a sign that you suffer from bruxism and need treatments like a nightguard from your dentist. 

Not Visiting A Dentist Regularly

While daily brushing and flossing are all important steps to maintain good oral health, regular visits to your dentist are equally as important. Your dentist is trained to identify any problems in their earliest stages and treat them before they develop into bigger problems. Neglecting to visit a dentist can result in issues such as tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and even tooth loss. Therefore, it is recommended that you visit the dentist every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup.

Visit Rosemont Dental Center, 2090 Old Farm Dr #C, Frederick, MD 21702, or contact the Dentist in Frederick, MD, by calling us at (301) 663-1144 to learn more about oral health.

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