Often, when patients visit us for the first time, we ask them a pretty simple question first-up: In general, do you take good care of your teeth?
More often than not, that answer comes back almost before they’ve given themselves the chance to think… And then we start chatting away more and suddenly, the patient starts to gather that maybe they’re not as kind to their teeth as they think they are.
We’ve put together a warning list of things to avoid when it comes to your teeth.
- Using your teeth as a third hand – Are you guilty of opening bottles, packets of chips or whatever else may be handy to rip open with your teeth? Keep in mind, if this little ‘what can I open with my teeth experiment?’ goes wrong, you can land yourself in the dentist’s chair.
- Crunching on ice – Sure, it can be really refreshing to crunch away on an ice cube on a hot summer’s day. Just be aware that chewing on anything hard can leave your teeth susceptible to a dental emergency and can damage enamel.
- Avoid sticky nightmares – Keep away from sticky foods (dried fruits are always a popular healthy snack option) and when you do eat them, rinse your mouth out with water afterwards and brush and floss your teeth carefully.
- Watch those liquids – Sports drinks, soft drinks and alcohol are all nasty when it comes to your teeth, just for different reasons. Alcohol causes dehydration and dry mouth while sugar is the main culprit in terms of soft drinks and sports drinks.
- Piercings – While facial piercings may be the latest rage, when it comes to oral health matters, they can cause a heap of complications including infection, bleeding and swelling of the tongue (now doesn’t that sound just nasty?). And that’s only the beginning in terms of complications related to piercings.
As you can probably gather from this list, there’s more to good oral health than just brushing and flossing. If you’ve got any particular concerns or questions, your NovaDental dentist is more than happy help. Make an appointment today: 1300 549 750.