Is Your Lifestyle Negatively Affecting Your Oral Health?
One of our top priorities is to ensure that you have optimal oral health. We do this by encouraging patients to maintain their routine hygiene examination appointments and receive treatment for any problem areas. Unfortunately, some patients have habits that can lead to complications and problems with their oral health, such as:
Using Teeth as Tools
If you need to open a package or cut a tag, it can be tempting to use your teeth, but that is the worst thing you can do. Using your teeth for anything other than eating food can lead to serious complications with your oral health. The pressure from biting or ripping can cause problems such as cracked or broken teeth.
If you live a stressful lifestyle, your oral health may suffer as a result. Patients who experience higher than normal commonly have bruxism, meaning that they clench and grind their teeth. Over time, this will lead to uneven wear, which can cause the teeth to crack and break.
Tobacco and Nicotine Products
For years, we have known about the negative effect these products can have on our overall health. Tobacco and nicotine products can also cause serious and irreparable damage to your oral health, including gum disease and oral cancer.
If you love sugary specialty coffees or soft drinks, the sugar you are consuming may be causing serious damage to your teeth and gums. Each time you drink something high in sugar, you are introducing bacteria into your mouth. Over time, this can lead to serious problems with tooth decay. We recommend increasing your daily water intake and decreasing the number of sugary beverages you consume.
If you are experiencing dental discomfort, you need a routine hygiene examination, or you are experiencing a dental emergency, we can help. Contact our office located in St. Marys, GA to schedule an appointment. We want to help get your oral health on track.