Are Your Lifestyle Choices Negatively Affecting Your Oral Health?
At Vargas Dental Associates, one of our top priorities is to help you look and feel great about your oral health, because a healthy smile is paramount to wellness. One of the best ways to do this is to make wise choices in your everyday life that do not negatively affect your oral health. Unfortunately, some patients make poor lifestyle choices that can negatively impact their oral health. While these habits might not be affecting their oral health now, they will most certainly lead to problems in the future. Here are some lifestyle choice that patients should avoid if possible:
If you live a stressful lifestyle, your oral health may suffer as a result. Patients who experience higher than normal stress in their lives commonly experience bruxism, or clenching and grinding your teeth. Over time, this will lead to uneven wear of the teeth, which can cause the teeth to crack and break.
Drinking Sugary Beverages
Specialty coffee drinks are all the rage. If you like to regularly indulge in sugary coffee drinks or soft drinks and drink them throughout the day, you may be causing harm to your oral health. Each time you drink, you are introducing bacteria to your mouth. Over time, this can lead to serious problems with tooth decay. We recommend increasing your daily water intake and decreasing the amount of sugary beverages you consume.
Using Teeth as Tools
It can be very tempting to use your teeth to open packers, cut tags, and open bottles, but it can lead to serious oral health problems. Using your teeth as a tool is a bad habit that can lead to serious problems such as cracked and broken teeth. Be sure to take the extra time to get the necessary tool and only use your teeth to bite and eat food.
If you are experiencing dental discomfort, are in need of a routine hygiene examination or experiencing a dental emergency we can help. Contact our office located in Bowie, MD to schedule an appointment. We want to help get your oral health on track.