Bad Habits That Can Damage Oral Health

Bad Habits That Can Damage Oral Health

Posted by Palm Court Dental on Nov 9 2022, 09:57 PM

Good oral hygiene habits are an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. But unfortunately, a lot of people don’t realize the importance of maintaining good oral health. Habits such as biting nails, chewing on hard objects, or chewing on pencils can damage the teeth.

  • Smoking

Cigarettes, cigarillos, and pipes all contain nicotine. Nicotine is absorbed by the body through the lungs. The blood then carries it throughout the body, where it can affect many systems. Nicotine can narrow blood vessels in the gums and make them more prone to bleeding. It can also decrease the flow of saliva in your mouth, which can cause a dry mouth. Both of these factors can lead to gum disease. Over time smoking can also stain your teeth and make your breath smell bad. This can make you self-conscious about smiling or talking. Tobacco has also been shown to cause cancer in the mouth. It affects your salivary glands and can make them malfunction or not create enough saliva. This makes a person more susceptible to cavities. If you smoke, quitting the habit is the best thing you can do now. Our dentists can help you figure out the best option for you to help you quit smoking.

  • Chewing tobacco

Chewing tobacco is one of the worst habits that can have a negative impact on your oral health. In addition to the increased risk of oral cancer, chewing tobacco can also increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. This is because it contains sugar that can cause plaque buildup on your teeth. Additionally, it dries out your mouth which can result in bad breath. Gum disease can also be worsened by tobacco use because the gums can become irritated. This can lead to symptoms such as bleeding when you brush or floss. The irritation of the gums can also make it easier for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. This can then lead to more serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

  • Using your teeth to open packages or bottles

Chewing, biting, or tearing open food packages is a common bad habit that can lead to tooth damage over time. In addition to causing chips and cracks in your tooth enamel, opening packages with your teeth can result in damage to your underlying teeth or your soft tissues. This can leave your gums vulnerable to infection and bacteria buildup, which will eventually cause gum disease and other serious oral issues. To protect yourself from damage to your teeth, gums, and mouth, avoid chewing on things other than your food.

  • Nail biting

If you bite your nails, this can cause your teeth to become damaged and break. Your dentist may not be able to fix these teeth, and they may become weaker as a result. Nail-biting can also wear down tooth enamel and lead to cracking of the teeth. This can also lead to cavities and other issues with your oral health. Sometimes, the nail-biting can lead to misalignment as the tooth moves out of place due to constant pressure from the nail.

  • Tooth grinding

When patients grind their teeth, it can cause them to wear down their enamel more rapidly than usual. Wearing down your tooth enamel can lead to more cavities and sensitivity than you’re used to feeling. If you think you may be grinding your teeth at night or during the day, talk to your dentist about what you can do to alleviate the problem and protect your teeth. They may recommend wearing a night guard to bed or even having a mouthguard made for use during sports or other activities that might cause you to unintentionally clench or grind your teeth.

  • Brushing too hard

Vigorous brushing can erode enamel, putting your teeth at risk of decay and sensitivity. In fact, more than 70 percent of U.S. adults believe that they brush too hard when they really aren’t. Some even admit to brushing their teeth so hard that they bleed after they’ve done so. If you’re guilty of this habit, it’s time to quit! Try using a soft-bristled toothbrush with rounded bristles to protect your teeth and gums. If bleeding occurs regularly when you’re cleaning your smile, schedule a visit with your dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup.

To learn more tips for oral care, contact Dr. Chung at Palm Court Dental by calling (909) 829-3994, scheduling an appointment online, or visiting our office at 17122 Slover Ave Suite 103 Fontana, CA 92337.

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