Dental habits to encourage good oral health
As our commitment to a healthy lifestyle becomes a high priority for nearly all Australians, so does the importance of good dental habits. In recent years, research has developed a wide range of preventative measures to limit future dental problems, and also provided those with concerns treatment options to achieve those smile desires.
You may be well versed by your dental professional that 6 monthly cleans are pertinent to maintain good oral health, although did you know there are healthy habits that you can implement and some that you can also refrain from in your daily routine to limit the number of extractions, cavities and instances of gum disease.
I know, I know, not with the flossing again. Did you know that flossing could be just as important if not more so important than actually brushing your teeth? Several dental care surveys report that the average adult experiences more cavities today than ever before. Sure our diets have changed, but with that in mind we need to be on top of clearing out any remaining food so that it doesn’t begin to cause problems. Forgetfulness or a busy lifestyle often gets in the way of good oral hygiene habits. But take it from us, don’t skip out on the flossing.
2. Using your teeth as a tool
Sometimes when we can’t open something our first reaction is to put it between our teeth and give it a big yank. Did you know this is one of the most common reasons why we see people with broken or chipped teeth? So do try to refrain from using you teeth other than eating.
3. Having oral piercings
Piercings can wreak havoc on your teeth. You may chomp down on the metal ring accidentally, which can chip your teeth. Be it a top, lower lip or tongue ring, they all create the same problem. Tongue rings on the other hand, can cause your teeth to move over time. If you are worried about your oral piercing, seek the advice of you dentist next time you visit for your Preventative Care appointment.
4. Grinding & Clenching teeth
A lot of people remain unaware that they grind or clench their teeth. Do you wake up in the morning suffering from a sore jaw or headaches? You could be suffering from bruxism. Next time you are nervous or stressed or wake up and you feel your self putting excessive pressure on your teeth whilst biting together, it could be time to consult with Dentists on the Gold Coast on a preventative night guard, to stop further damage from happening.