Did you know you could be damaging your teeth without even knowing it? Everyday habits that seem innocent may actually be wrecking havoc on your mouth. Here are the worst offenders and how to avoid them.
- Using teeth as a tool. We’re all guilty of prying packaging or ripping tags off with our teeth, but that needs to stop! Instead, use an actual tool, like scissors, or invest in a small multi-tool key chain so you’re always prepared.
- Nail biting. Biting your nails is unhygienic and puts you at risk of catching illnesses, and can also permanently damage the nail. Furthermore, just like using your teeth as a tool, it can do damage to your teeth. Try kicking the habit by getting a manicure.
- Chewing ice. While it may feel refreshing, chewing ice puts a of unnecessary pressure on your teeth. If you really must chew something, try sugar-free gum. And if you have persistent urges, talk to your doctor. Studies show iron deficiency anemia may make people more likely to chew ice.
- Using toothpicks incorrectly. Frequent and overly aggressive use of toothpicks can damage teeth and gums. If you do have an annoying piece of food stuck in your teeth, dentists agree it’s okay to use toothpicks sparingly and gently, but flossing and brushing are preferable.
Pregnancy is a very beautiful moment in a woman’s life, however hormonal changes occur in our body that alters its normal behavior. This is the reason why it’s important for us women to take good care of our teeth and gums while we are pregnant. These hormonal changes increase the risk of developing gum disease because it makes gums more sensitive, which makes it easier for gingivitis to develop, and this can affect the health of the unborn baby. Read on to understand the teeth problems during pregnancy.
Understand, the increased likelihood of getting periodontal disease. It is very common to experience pregnancy gingivitis, identified by and uncomfortable swelling, bleeding, redness or softness in the gum tissue. A more advanced oral health condition (periodontal disease) may also affect the health of your baby. Research has shown that an expectant mother suffering from periodontal disease might deliver a premature, low birth weight baby. As a matter of fact, these pregnant women may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born earlier and smaller that the usual, which may increase the risk for future health problems and disabilities.
If you’re pregnant and receive a positive diagnosis for periodontal disease, your dentist will recommend a common non-surgical procedure called scaling and root planning. With this procedure the root of your tooth or teeth are deeply cleaned to remove plaque, tartar and bacterial toxins, this may reduce the risk of having premature or low weighted births. Additionally, this procedure should reduce many of the pregnancy gingivitis symptoms.
Avoid dental treatments at specific times during pregnancy. For precaution, during the first trimester and second half of the third trimester dental treatments should be avoided as much as possible. You need to let your dentist know about your pregnancy and have routine dental care and checkups. If you have any other queries regarding teeth problems during pregnancy, then schedule an appointment with our dentist today.
With all the hassles of your daily life, it is very important to take care of your dental health. Here are few things that we suggest:
- Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day to keep your mouth away from bad breath and decay.
- Floss, floss and floss! Add flossing to your daily routine. This helps to give a new life to your oral health.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Our team will be able to provide you with a professional teeth cleaning, gum disease evaluation, in-depth check-ups, diagnostic exams and cavity-prevention techniques that you just can’t do by yourself.
There is a lot you can do to keep your mouth healthy and enhance your smile. Schedule an appointment at Cosmodontist Dental and give us a chance to take care of your smile.