Habits That Are Harming Your Teeth
Many people question if their daily routine is harming (or helping) their teeth. While this is a very broad question, it is something we should all consider. Your teeth play a vital role in the overall health of your body.
In short, there are many different things that can harm your teeth. The most obvious habit that can affect your teeth is poor dental hygiene. Most people consider poor hygiene to mean lack of brushing or general dental care, but it can also refer to being too aggressive with your mouth. A very stiff or hard bristled brush or commonly flaring your toothbrush bristles is going to lead to significant wear on the dentition. Dentition refers to the arrangement or condition of the teeth in an individual. Our recommended tooth brushing method is shared below.
Recommended Tooth Brushing Technique
Be sure to start with a soft-bristled manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush and set a timer for 2 minutes. Two minutes is longer than you think, and most of us fall short with the average person only brushing for 45 seconds!
Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Also, be sure to floss in between your teeth daily. A water flosser or air flosser can be a great supplement to traditional floss. Brush twice a day in the morning and in the evening after you’ve had your last meal.
In addition to poor dental hygiene, grinding and clenching can be detrimental to the teeth. Many times this will lead to excessive wear on the teeth, shifting, and fractures of the teeth. Acidic foods and drinks and even certain medications can be harmful to the teeth.
If we keep in mind that our mouth and teeth are things that need the same level of care as our overall bodies and that we need to pay attention to what we expose them to and how we clean them, we will be less likely to harm them.
If you have questions or concerns about the health of your mouth, please contact our team at 770-302-0101, or click here to schedule a consultation.