Dr. Freeman would like to share this sometimes overlooked, but common sense information. If your dental health is jepordized by any of these issues, don't worry Dr. Freeman will be able to provide you with solutions for a your dental health.
ARE YOU WRECKING YOUR TEETH WITHOUT EVEN KNOWING IT?
Thumbs Down on Thumb Sucking
Children who still suck their fingers or thumbs after their permanent teeth start coming in — usually around the age of 5 or 6 — could be causing permanent changes that affect tooth and jaw structure. Specifically, thumb sucking can cause a misalignment of the teeth. This misalignment can lead to a number of issues, including difficulty chewing and breathing problems — so help wean your child off their thumb.
Lay Off the Lemons
People who suck lemons may be putting their dental health in jeopardy. Why? Lemons are very acidic. The acidity corrodes the enamel on your teeth. Repeated exposure to acidic substances can cause tooth enamel to erode, creating a rough texture on the surface of your teeth.
Don't Brush Too Hard
Brushing your teeth regularly is part of good oral hygiene, but if you brush too vigorously, you can cause more harm than good. Brushing your teeth too hard can wear down enamel, irritate your gums, make your teeth sensitive to cold, and even cause cavities. To avoid these problems, Dr. Freeman recommends using an electric toothbrush or a soft bristle manual brush.
Refrain From Jaw Clenching and Tooth Grinding
For some people, stress can trigger frequent clenching of the jaw or grinding of the teeth. There is a severe amount of pressure on your teeth when you do that, and you can get micro fractures or actual fractures in your teeth. Micro fractures are weakened areas in your teeth that puts them at risk for further damage. Jaw clenching or tooth grinding can also damage dental work.
Do You Crunch on Ice?
Ice cubes may seem harmless, but beware, the cold temperature and the hardness of ice cubes can cause serious damage to your teeth. Our teeth are designed to crush through things, not against something. Even though crunching ice with your teeth may be easy, keep in mind, your blender needs special blades to crush ice.
Don't Use Your Teeth as a Tool!
Many people use their teeth to break off a tag on clothing, rip open a package of potato chips, or even unscrew bottle tops. But our teeth are meant to help us do three things: Chew food, speak properly, and look better when we smile. Using your teeth as a tool is a threat to dental health and can damage dental work or cause your teeth to crack.
Don’t Hold Objects Between Your Teeth
Some people have a habit of holding objects — such as pens, pencils, or eyeglasses — between their teeth when concentrating on a difficult task. But they might not realize how much pressure they’re placing on their teeth as they bite down on a non-food object. Biting on a pen or a similar object can cause your teeth to shift or even crack. It can also break existing dental work that you have in your mouth.
Avoid Nail Biting
Biting your nails doesn't just harm the appearance of your hands — it can also damage your teeth and become an oral hygiene issue. People who bite their nails usually do it chronically. Regularly biting your nails can cause your teeth to move out of place. In addition, nail biting could potentially cause teeth to break or tooth enamel to splinter.
Say No to Soda
Always have a soda on hand? Carbonated drinks can be bad for your teeth, because they tend to be very acidic. The effects of soda on teeth are even worse if you slowly sip it over a long period of time. People don't realize they are bathing their teeth in acid for an hour. The acidity in soda can lead to dental health problems such as decay around your gum line and loss of enamel.
Use Toothpicks Carefully
When used properly, toothpicks can help keep the areas between your teeth clean, if you do it carefull. If not you’re going to hurt your gum tissue. So be careful not to get too aggressive with that toothpick in your quest for oral hygiene.
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