Maintaining oral hygiene is an essential practice that can protect your smile. But what many people may not realize, is that poor dental health can have a negative effect on areas outside of the mouth, including your heart, diabetes, pregnancy and chronic inflammation, such as arthritis — to name a few.
To protect and maintain your oral hygiene, it’s important to avoid habits that can be harmful to your teeth and gum. Read ahead to find out 3 you should be avoiding that can mess up your oral hygiene.
- Brushing too hard
There is often a misconception that the harder we scrub, the better we clean. This is false.
Aggressively scrubbing your teeth can cause enamel abrasion and gum recession over time. Ultimately leading to sensitivity issues and tooth structure loss. Ideally, you should use a soft-headed toothbrush and not use force while brushing your teeth.
Signs that you’re scrubbing too hard include a frazzled brush head in as little as one to two months, increased tooth sensitivity, and a receding gum line.
- Drinking Excessive Amounts Of Sugary Drinks
Did you know that soft drink consumption is one of the leading causes of tooth decay? Besides weakening tooth enamel, the carbonation, sugar and acids encourage the growth of bacteria in your mouth and on your teeth that contribute to cavities.
If you are a regular soda drinker, you should consider substituting soda for black or green tea since they are healthier for your oral and general health.
Smoking is known to cause a wide range of medical issues, including deadly diseases in some circumstances. However, not everyone is aware of the possible damage that smoking could cause to their teeth and gums.
Smoking can cause staining on the teeth due to the nicotine and tar present in tobacco. Aside from that, smoking could also lead to gum diseases. Additionally, smoking impedes the healing of the teeth because it causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, making smokers more susceptible to tooth and gum cancer than non-smokers.
Taking care of your oral health can ultimately save you time and money and prevent future oral issues. In addition to maintaining a daily oral health routine and avoiding habits that can harm your teeth and gums, it’s important to visit your dentist twice a year for a check-up and clean. A check-up and clean can help keep your teeth and gums healthy as well as help detect oral issues early on.
If you are due for your 6 monthly check up, call us on (03) 5282 2222 and to book your oral treatment today!