Do you take good care of your teeth? Brush twice a day and attend for regular dental appointments? Do not let your good behaviours go to waste by making one of these common mistakes.
1. Using your teeth as tools
Using your mouth and teeth in lieu of scissors or a bottle opener may seem like a convenient time saver, but it could end up costing you a lot more in the long run. Using your teeth as tools has the potential to fracture a tooth or damage restorations such as crowns or fillings.
2. Playing contact sports without a mouth guard
In any sport where there is the potential for you to be hit in the face, it is important to ensure that you wear a well-fitting mouth guard. A customised dental mouth guard may seem costly but compared to the price of restoring the damage if your teeth get knocked out, it is a small price to pay.
3. Chewing ice cubes
Crunching ice cubes can chip the enamel from your teeth or can cause a tooth to break. Where teeth have already been repaired with fillings they are weaker, so chewing ice cubes could mean that the tooth becomes beyond repair so has to be extracted.
4. Sucking sweets and throat lozenges
Despite being medicinal, most throat lozenges are high in sugar. If you are continually sucking sweets and lozenges, they can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. To protect your smile, look for low sugar sweets and lozenges.
5. Brushing immediately after eating or drinking
When we eat or drink our tooth enamel is softened by the acid present. If you brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking there is a risk you will brush some of the softened enamel away. It is advisable that you wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth, this gives the saliva in your mouth time to neutralise the acids and the enamel time to reharden.
Your dentist will be able to see how your bad habits are damaging your teeth and can advise on ways to strengthen and protect your teeth. Call West Wickham Dental Practice on 0208 776 1188 and book a consultation today.