If you brush your teeth, floss and use mouth wash on a regular basis then you are on the right track to maintaining a healthy smile. While you may be practicing great oral hygiene, you could be doing a couple things that negatively impact your smile.
Toothbrush with Hard Bristles
Your gums can actually recede if you use a brush that is too hard. In fact, you can also have abrasion damage to the tooth root surface. Use a soft-bristled brush or a multi-tufted brush.
Although you may have the correct toothbrush, brushing your teeth too aggressively can irritate the gums. You can easily break up plaque on the teeth with some gentle whisking! Also, avoid brushing too often as brushing twice a day is sufficient.
Biting Your Nails
Nail biting is one of the most common habits and this is typically done when people feel nervous or anxious. Try to avoid biting your nails as this can wear down teeth, leading to fractures and chips.
Grinding and Clenching
When patients clench their jaws or grind their teeth, they are using an intense force which causes looseness, jaw pain and fractured teeth. A night guard is the best way to prevent grinding in your sleep.
Physical Activity without a Mouth Guard
Whether you’re playing football, soccer, baseball or any other sport, it’s crucial to wear your mouth guard to reduce the risk of broken or loose teeth.