There are millions of people around the world who long for a healthier, brighter, and broader smile. In fact, research has proven that the majority of people are unhappy with their smile and find the need to hide it on a daily basis. This has paved the way for a whole host of cosmetic dental care procedures, which are increasing in popularity year on year.
But did you know that your daily habits could also contribute to the health and appearance of your smile? From failing to brush and floss your teeth sufficiently, through nail biting and drinking fizzy drinks, there are a whole host of everyday actions that can cause short and long term damage to your teeth.
With this in mind, there are a number of preventative dental care measures that you can employ to ensure that you are able to maintain a healthy, gleaming and attractive smile!
Dental Care Essentials: Brushing and Flossing
This goes without saying -in order to maintain a healthy and happy smile, it’s essential that you recognise the importance of adopting good teeth cleaning habits.
This means brushing and flossing your teeth frequently. You’ll be amazed at how many patients fail to brush their teeth at least twice a day, and getting some patients to recognise the importance of flossing their teeth can often feel like pulling teeth (pardon the pun!).
But, to ensure that your teeth always look at their best, it’s paramount that you floss frequently in order to prevent decay from surviving and growing in your mouth. After all, it is this decay that will eat away at the enamel on your teeth!
Smoking not only has an impact on some of your vital organs, it can also have a significant impact on the health of your teeth and smile!
This is because nicotine is renowned for hampering saliva production, which is an essential component of your mouth’s eco-system and, without it, your teeth have less protection against decay. Of course, smoking can also cause your teeth to become dis-coloured and can contribute to gum disease.
The majority of people rely on a daily coffee fix to give them the energy and motivation to face the day. But have you ever considered the impact it might be having on your smile?
Coffee is notorious for staining your teeth, causing them to become discoloured, particularly if you’re a daily coffee drinker! But if you can’t bare to give up one of the nation’s favourite drinks, there are a number of preventative actions you can take to limit the damage to your teeth. For example, brushing your teeth immediately after you finish a cuppa and limiting your daily intake can have a significant impact on the health of your smile.
Just like tobacco, the majority of us will know that fizzy drinks are definitely not good for maintaining a healthy and happy smile! This is because the sugar in regular fizzy drinks is notorious for eating away at your tooth’s enamel. And don’t be fooled into thinking that the diet variety are good for you either. These also contain acid, which can impact on you’re the healthy of your smile.
Jaw Grinding or Bruxism
This is a habit that you may not be aware of but it can have severely damage your teeth over time. Jaw grinding or Bruxism generally occurs during the night when you’re asleep, so you’re not necessarily aware that it is happening.
But, if you suspect that you grind your teeth during the night, you should consider a night guard. This simple removable dental care device will prevent your body from destroying your tooth’s enamel.
Using Your Teeth as Tools
We’re all guilty of it… at one time or another, it’s highly likely that you’ll have used your teeth to open packages and bottles or even to grasp or carry objects.
But this can be extremely detrimental to your dental care, leading to a whole host of damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw!
Nail biting will not only cause significant damage to your nails, it will also introduce all kinds of bacteria to your mouth! With this in mind, it’s certainly a habit that you should try to nip in the bud!
Tongue and Mouth Piercings
You may like the way they look but did you know that a mouth full of roaming metal could cause chips and even fractures if your piercings hit your teeth?