It is well known how badly smoking affects our entire body. Speaking of the effects on the oral cavity, it should be emphasized that smoking does the following:
- increases the risk of periodontal disease and tooth loss
- is the most important risk factor in implant therapy
- causes oral cavity cancer
- causes teeth pigmentation
- causes bad breath and taste
2. BRUXISM - teeth grinding
Most often related to stress, bruxism is ultimately manifested as hypersensitivity of the teeth, ear pain, morning headaches and muscle tension.
At the Dentex clinic, a bite splint is made as part of the therapy to avoid tooth damage and fractures due to wear, which patients use at night.
3. NAIL BITING
Are you biting your nails? And not just nails, but also pencils, ice cubes or your cheeks? These habits create problems for your overall health. The area under the nails and the surfaces of various objects are full of bacteria that enter your body when you bite them. Gum infection, rupture and the poor position of the front teeth are just some of the consequences of these harmful habits.
4. AGGRESSIVE BRUSHING
Much like poor hygiene is bad, so is poor brushing. Patients often complain about the hypersensitivity of the gums and exposed tooth necks by saying, "But I brush my teeth regularly and thoroughly!"
Using a hard brush and brushing aggressively will do more harm than good. Use a soft toothbrush and clean your teeth with gentle circular motions.
5. NOT FLOSSING
In addition to properly brushing your teeth, make sure you use dental floss to successfully remove the plaque!
6. EATING FOOD THAT CAUSES HEARTBURN
Heartburn pushes stomach acid into the oesophagus, which can damage tooth enamel leading to excessive wear and sensitivity of the teeth. Avoid foods that cause heartburn: chocolate, black pepper, coffee, fatty and fried foods, carbonated drinks, vinegar and tomato sauce.
7. DRINKING DARK FRUIT JUICE
Berries have a strong colour and cause a change in tooth colour. Even drinking berry juices can damage your teeth due to the acid. Do not brush your teeth using a toothpaste for half an hour after consumption, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing in combination with acid from the juice can damage the tooth enamel!