Stop These Habits to Save Your Teeth!
During a typical day, many of us do things without even realizing we are doing them! Such actions are better known as habits. Do any of your habits have a detrimental effect on your teeth? NCDS wants to help you stop these habits to save your teeth!
Are You a Snacker?
Did you know that bacteria feed on leftover food in your mouth? This is a normal process when controlled. However the constant presence of food, especially sugary foods, can lead to cavities. This is due to the fact that bacteria leave behind an acidic residue that can cause enamel erosion. Therefore, if we fail to clean our teeth after each meal, our teeth are more prone to cavities. Keep in mind then, that less frequent food consumption can prevent the build up of enamel-eroding acid in your mouth! Try to go with more “tooth-healthy” options too!
Nail biting is well known as an unattractive habit that many would like to loose. However, many do not realize this has the potential to cause jaw issues, misalignment, or chipped teeth. Further, tons of bacteria reside beneath our nails. This bacteria is then released into our mouth when we bite them- gross! Yet another reason to protect your teeth and use a nail clipper!
Do you wake up in the morning with jaw soreness or even a headache? You may be suffering from Bruxism, better known as teeth grinding. But you may wonder how you can stop this habit if you do it in your sleep. A night guard is the best answer. It is a durable tray made at the dental office which provides a personalized fit. Worn while you sleep, this appliance protects your teeth by taking the brunt of the force as you grind your teeth.
We Can Help!
Do any of these habits sound familiar to you? If you are suffering from any of the resulting problems of such habits, please give us a call!