One of the most important ways to keep your teeth healthy and intact is to avoid habits that can lead to long-term damage to them. Protecting your teeth from unnecessary damage should be part of your regular routine. If you aren’t sure what habits can cause long-term damage to your teeth, ask your family dentist.
Habits That Can Damage Your Teeth
Some things we do every day, without even thinking about it, can cause permanent damage to teeth. To ensure your teeth remain intact and healthy, you should not:
- Bite your nails
- Chew on pens or pencils
- Grind or clench your teeth
- Use teeth to open packages or bottles
Any of these activities can chip the edges of your teeth, cause cracks in the enamel, or cause extensive premature wear and tear. Any damage of this type could eventually lead to permanent tooth loss.
To avoid staining and discoloration on the surfaces of your teeth, you should avoid foods and beverages that can leave stains behind. This includes coffee, tea, and any dark-colored beverages. Nicotine is also a common culprit for tooth discoloration. Although staining does not lead to permanent damage, it can greatly affect your self-confidence and ruin the look of your smile.
Everyday Dental Care to Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Also very important to maintaining your dental health is regular, diligent oral care. This includes brushing and flossing as well as regular visits to your family dentist. One of the most common ways people neglect their oral care is by avoiding these appointments. However, it’s very important to see the dentist regularly – most dentists recommend two visits each year – to monitor the health of your gums and to ensure no decay has developed. Any problems your dentist finds will be much easier to treat if they are diagnosed in their early stages.
By avoiding bad habits and maintaining good habits, you can ensure your teeth remain strong and healthy for many years into the future and greatly reduce the possibility of eventual tooth loss.
For more information or to schedule your next dental exam, contact the office of Dr. Daniel C. Bush at 817-465-0355 today.