We all know that we should be brushing our teeth morning and night, and flossing once a day. But do you know how to consume sweet treats in a way that minimizes dental damage? Do you know how and why small cracks develop in dental enamel? Our Dallas dentists are here with the answers. Keep reading to learn more about how daily habits that may be doing more harm than good.
Using the wrong dental tools
Take a good look at the oral hygiene tools that you are using, and make sure that they are not too harsh or abrasive for your teeth. For example, wooden and metal toothpicks may cause inadvertent oral tissue damage. Additionally, toothbrushes with very firm bristles can cause dental enamel to wear away prematurely. Talk to your dentist about whether a soft bristled brush is a better fit for you.
Eating and drinking all day
Sipping or snacking on sugary or acidic substances throughout the day will allow oral bacteria to stay active—feeding and growing—all day long. It is healthier for your smile for you to eat and drink at specific, time limited periods of the day. And remember, drinking water, and rinsing with water is always good for your oral health!
Ignoring bruxism indicators
Bruxism is defined as chronic teeth grinding and clenching. If you notice that you are clenching your jaw throughout the day, try to take a few deep breaths and relax your temporomandibular joints. Frequent headaches and neck pain can also be signs of bruxism. Reach out to your dental team if you are waking up with discomfort—you may be grinding your teeth at night.
Our Dallas dentists are here to give you any additional information or support that you may need. Give our team a call to get started!