So, we all know the good habits for maintaining oral hygiene; “Brush twice every day.”
“ Floss daily.” “Eat less sweets.”
But what about the bad habits, the habits that one must avoid at all costs?
Here are a few habits that can prove to be poisonous for your oral health:
- Nail biting: Most people often think that the only thing they are harming while biting their nails are well, their nails. But that’s not true. Nail biting can lead to chipping or even fracturing of your front teeth. Chronic nail biting may also lead to loss of teeth and damage to teeth. This is one of the most common as well as one of the most difficult habits to get rid of. For a lot of people, nail biting is a consequence of stress or anxiety. As trivial as it might sound, the effect of nail biting on your teeth can be very long-term. However, the good news here is that it is a habit that can be easily left too. There are nail polishes that are laced with bitter substances so that whenever you bite your nails, they taste horrible. Moreover, there are many ways to keep your hands busy. A little google search and efforts from your end can do the trick!
- Brushing too hard: ‘Hard-work’ (pun intended!) on your teeth can have a reverse impact on your teeth than it would in any other aspect of your life. Just like sometimes, going too hard on someone may make things worse, brushing too hard can strip your teeth off of its protective layer of enamel. This makes your teeth susceptible to scores of infections and easier tooth decay. Just brushing twice a day isn’t enough, one should understand how exactly the brushing should be done. Moderate pressure must be placed on the brush and the brush should be held at a forty-five degree angle to the teeth and should be moved up and down (unlike the TV ads that show a back and forth stroke). Cleaning the inner as well as outer surfaces of the teeth is also pertinent. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, one must tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
- Chewing on ice cubes: Eating ice cubes isn’t harmful at all, it’s basically water, right? WRONG. While it may just be water, biting down on hard ice cubes is a big no-no for the sake of your teeth. Chewing on ice cubes can lead to chipping of teeth or in some cases, even cracking of teeth. Constantly chomping down on ice cubes can irritate the soft tissue inside your teeth which can lead to regular toothaches. An easy way to switch out of snacking on ice cubes can be to have sugar free gum instead.
- Smoking: Well this shouldn’t come as a shocker to anyone. Cigarettes are widely notorious for being harmful to our bodies, teeth being a keynote in that. Smoking weakens your body’s infection fighters (your immune system) and also impacts your blood vessels. This makes it harder to fight off a gum infection. Once you have gum damage, smoking also makes it harder for your gums to heal. So, when quitting seems too difficult, think of your smile.
- Drinking coffee: Coffee leads to staining of teeth. Overtime consumption of coffee will lead to yellowing of teeth as coffee can cause acidity. Severe acidity can also erode your teeth’s enamel. So, think before you drink.
Bad habits don’t take time to be cultivated but good habits do. Not brushing or flossing are not the only bad habits for teeth. There are many habits in our daily lives that are so small, we don’t even realize that they might be bad for our teeth till the time they become huge and we are in pain. Minimal lifestyle changes can assure that you dodge these habits. All it takes is a little time and effort.