Are You Making These Common Oral Health Mistakes?
How well are you taking care of your teeth? Did you know that brushing and flossing your teeth daily isn’t the only way to keep your teeth healthy? There are a lot of other factors that can affect the health of your teeth. Are you making any of the most common oral health mistakes? Find out by learning what they are below:
Common mistake #1: You are eating way too much sugar.
You might not be eating a lot of candy every day, but sugar can be hiding in all sorts of foods and beverages, Sugar is one of the main causes of tooth decay. We’re not suggesting you cut out your favorite sugary snack all together, we just want to make sure you are paying more attention to your sugar intake. To prevent tooth decay while still eating your favorite sweets (in moderation, of course), rinse your mouth out with water after eating, or just brush your teeth!
Common mistake #2: You smoke or chew tobacco.
If you smoke or chew tobacco, you are increasing your risk of getting gum disease, oral cancer, and other oral health issues. It’s important to understand how much of a negative impact these products can have on the overall health of your teeth. If you want healthier looking teeth, stop smoking and/or chewing tobacco!
Common mistake #3: You chew ice or grind your teeth.
Sometimes stress causes people to chew on ice, or grind their teeth at night. Both activities can permanently damage your teeth. Consider using a mouth guard when you sleep, and work on not chewing ice so often. Ask your friends for help! Tell them to remind you every time they notice you chewing ice.
To see more common oral health mistakes, click here.