Dental Habits You Should Break While You Can
Clean your teeth twice a day? Check.
See your dentist once/twice a year? Check.
Picking up bad habits that could complicate your oral health in later life? Check.
Each of us as individuals have a unique set of pearly whites, and a unique set of habits that could be detrimental to our oral health as we get older.
1. Using Teeth as Tools
One we are all guilty of: when those crisps look extra tasty and you just can’t wait to get into them and savour the taste, but the packet won’t open. What’s the first thing you do? Do you reach into a drawer and pull out a pair of scissors? No, of course you don’t. You lift the packet up to your mouth to try and gnaw your way into its tasty goodness.
Stop and think about what’s going in your mouth, where it’s been and why there are tools available. Keep scissors, bottle openers and pliers handy so they can do the dirty work for you.
2. Teeth Grinding
You’re stressed, you’re not sleeping well, and the last thing you need is a headache due to involuntary teeth grinding. Unfortunately, 80% of teeth grinding (Bruxism) happens in your sleep and is usually associated with stress and anxiety.
Our tip for you, if you are stressed, is find a hobby or technique that relaxes you. Have a bath, practice breathing techniques or even take up yoga. An alternative is to invest in a mouth guard, which will prevent any pressure between your teeth and protect them from further damage. Keep those teeth happy!
From a young age, it’s always been drummed into our heads that to brush our teeth twice daily, and as we get older this still applies, yet can sometimes easily be forgotten.
To keep teeth in good health, ensure they are bushed a minimum of twice a day and ensure you change your toothbrush every 4 months.
If you floss correctly and regularly, either your parents are dentists or you’re lying! Flossing can be a downfall to even the best of us, however it is just as important as brushing on a regular basis.
If you aren’t sure on how to brush or floss properly, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. A 10 minute trip could save your teeth in later life.
Here at The New Tooth Company, we can bring that perfect smile back.