Your teeth deserve a little respect. They don’t deserve to be misused, abused, or taken for granted. Now, chances are, you don’t even realize you’re not treating your smile right. Sometimes we fall into harmful behaviors without thinking much about them.
But now is the time to stop. Taking care of your teeth and gums maximizes your chances that they will remain healthy for the long term.
So end your bad dental habits for good and keep your mouth in excellent condition with regular dental care. For general dentistry in Kennewick, WA, call Marineland Dental Care at 509-591-0515.
Teeth Clenching & Grinding
This is a habit that often happens as you sleep, without you even realizing it! Left unchecked, it can lead to many problems. It may wear down your teeth or injure your gums, causing them to recede. You may experience headaches or problems with your TMJ (temporomandibular joints). The behavior may be related to anxiety or stress. If getting rid of the source of your stress isn’t possible, meditation or other relaxation techniques may help.
What you eat matters to your oral health, of course, but did you know that how you eat counts as well? When you eat, you are feeding not just yourself, but bacteria in your mouth. They proliferate and generate acids that go to work destroying your tooth enamel.
When you eat three distinct meals, your teeth will undergo an acid attack after each one. However, if you snack throughout the day, your teeth never get a break. A bacterial film may even develop over your enamel. If you do need a snack, choose one low in sugar and carbs. Apples, cheese, and nuts are all good choices.
You know that smoking is bad for you, but did you know that tobacco use harmful to your oral health specifically? And in so many ways!
- It will discolor your teeth and tongue
- It will make your breath smell bad
- It lowers your resistance to infection, including periodontal disease
- Smokers’ gum disease is resistant to treatment
- It increases your chances of developing oral cancer
- Smokers have a higher likelihood of dental implant failure
- You may have a longer, more difficult recover from oral surgery
We understand that quitting is tough, but it’s worth it for so many reasons. Here are some resources compiled by the Centers for Disease Control.
Using Teeth as Tools
Your teeth are great at chewing food, but they are not a good substitute for scissors, pliers, or other tools. When you use your pearly whites to open packages or remove tags from clothing, you risk breaking or cracking them.
The same goes for chewing on pencils or fingernails. There is also the issue of bacteria: by gnawing on random objects, you risk transferring harmful bacteria to your mouth, and from your mouth to the object.
Treat your teeth well, and you stand a good chance of them remaining healthy for life. That includes visiting Marineland Dental Care for checkups every six months. For general dentistry in Kennewick, WA, fill out and submit our online form or call our office at 509-591-0515.