New Look Dental December 2011 Newsletter
New Look Dental Newsletter Vol-7
This Holiday season let’s get rid of some of bad oral habits that will cost you.
We all know that dental care is expensive. Although some of bad oral habits can be prevented. Not biting your nails, smoking or grinding your teeth may save you from extensive and costly dental work
A Lifelong Habit:
Grown-Ups Do It, Too:
Some of the most common bad habits in adults include:
Nail biting: This is bad for your nails and hard on your teeth. Of course, it can also contribute to the spread of disease.
Smoking: In addition to the damage it does to the rest of your body, smoking leads to yellow teeth, bad breath, receding gums, bone loss, mouth lesions and oral cancer. Switching to chewing tobacco, pipes or cigars will not reduce the symptoms
Emotional Eating: Those Who struggle most with their weight in times of high stress or when they’re feeling particularly angry or sad might be indulging in the bad habit of emotional eating. Most people associate foods with certain moods. If you find yourself regularly turning to the fridge as a way to get over a bad day, you might have a problem with emotional eating.
Biting hard objects: If you chew your pens, pencils, eyeglasses and so on, you could be causing irreparable damage to your teeth. In addition to causing stress fractures on your teeth, you could be irritating your joints and chewing muscles. Gum-chewing can also cause damage to your chewing muscles.
Bruxism: This is the technical dental term for clenching or grinding your teeth. This could be causing irreparable damage to the muscles and joints, called TMJ, in which the joints of the mouth are in chronic pain. If you have these symptoms, contact your dentist to discuss possible solutions.
Although your family dentist can help you fix many problems, keep in mind that no dentist is a miracle worker. It’s best to quit any bad oral habits that you might have now while you’re ahead.