Is Your Lifestyle Negatively Affecting Your Oral Health?
At Today’s Dental Comfort, one of our top priorities is ensuring you have optimal oral health. When you visit our office, we do all we can to be sure that this occurs. Unfortunately, some patients make poor lifestyle choices, which can negatively impact their oral health. While these choices might not be affecting their oral health now, they will most certainly lead to problems in the future. Here are some choices you may want to stop making:
Using Teeth as Tools
It can be very tempting to use your teeth to open packages, rip off tags, and open bottles, but it can lead to serious oral health problems. Using your teeth as a tool is a bad habit that can lead to serious problems, such as cracked and broken teeth. It is always better to take the extra time to get the necessary tools and only use your teeth for eating.
Snacking Throughout the Day
You might be surprised at the harm you are causing to your oral health if you snack throughout the day. Each time you eat, unhealthy bacteria linger in your mouth. The more often you snack here and there throughout the day, the more you increase the likelihood of decay. Aside from snacking, another big problem is drinking sugary coffee and soft drinks throughout the day. If you do not brush each time you eat and drink, this added bacteria can develop into decay.
High Stress Levels
If you often find yourself stressed or overwhelmed, you may be surprised to learn that your oral health could be at risk. Patients who are stressed often clench and grind their teeth without realizing it. This can lead to serious problems, such as worn and cracked teeth.
Tobacco and Nicotine Products
For years, we have known about the negative effect these products can have on our oral health. Tobacco and nicotine products can also cause serious and irreparable damage to your oral health, potentially causing gum disease and oral cancer.
If you are experiencing dental discomfort, you need a routine hygiene examination, or you are experiencing a dental emergency, we can help. Contact our office, which is located in Burton, MI, to schedule an appointment. We want to help get your oral health on track.