03:39 PM Monday, September 25, 2023
Written by Nada Najid:
In the following lines, Al-Consulto reviews the most prominent habits that negatively affect oral and dental health, according to what was published by WebMD.
Habits that affect dental health
1- Nail biting
This nervous habit can break teeth, affect the jaw, and expose the mouth to bacteria found under the nails.
2- Chew ice cubes
The hardness and cold temperature of ice can fracture teeth and damage fillings and other dental restorations.
3- Eat snacks frequently
When you eat, cavity-forming bacteria feed on food particles left in the mouth and then produce acid, which erodes the enamel and leads to cavities.
4. Biting and chewing foreign objects
Most of us chew on the end of a pencil or glasses when concentrating on a difficult task, this puts a lot of pressure on the teeth and can cause the teeth to crack or shift.
These objects can also carry germs that can lead to infections in the mouth.
5. Thumb sucking
Children who engage in thumb sucking after their permanent teeth have grown in, run the risk of permanently changing the structure of their teeth and jaw.
6. Brush your teeth vigorously
Brushing your teeth aggressively can irritate the gums, cause receding gums, erode tooth enamel, and lead to tooth sensitivity. Therefore, doctors advise avoiding vigorous brushing, choosing a toothbrush with soft bristles, and changing it every 3-4 months or when the bristles show signs of wear.
Smoking not only affects the heart and lungs, but it also harms oral health, puts a person at risk for gum disease, and causes tooth discoloration, bad breath, loss of taste, tooth decay, tooth loss, and oral cancer.
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