Being healthy is an important factor in having a happy and long life. That is why people enjoy going to the gym, running around parks, taking yoga classes, going vegetarian, trying a detox diet, and following help tips from experts. All these to make them feel stronger and healthy. But one integral part of holistic health that people are always forgetting is their dental health.
People always take their dental health for granted and they can’t stop doing habits that contribute to the deterioration of their teeth and gums. Remember your mouth is where food enters your body, without healthy teeth you cannot chew your food properly. So you clearly need to take care of your dental health.
Where should you start? There is so much to do, but first remove these bad habits that causing great damage to your dental health:
Visiting the Dentist Only When Your Teeth Hurts
Are you aware that you should visit your dentist every six months or at least once a year? Well now you know and you are making a grave mistake if you think it is okay to just visit your dentist when your teeth starts hurting or your wisdom tooth is starting to hurt. If you could avoid getting a dental disease by going to the dentist regularly, you should do it. Remember a dental procedure could be very expensive. A wisdom tooth removal in Singapore, for example could cost 800 SGD per tooth, plus 1500 SGD for the surgery.
Not Brushingand Flossing Your Teeth Properly
Brush your teeth two to three times a day. Not just once, remember that! And after brush floss to ensure the food residues in between your teeth are removed. To make it cleaner, gargle a mouthwash to remove bacteria build-up inside your mouth.
Drinking and Eating Too Much Sugar
Sugar does make you fat, but it also make your teeth rot. Yes, bacteria loves sugar and they thrive whenever you eat sugary drinks or food. So, if you can avoid eating chocolates, candies, soda, and sweet pastries, then avoid them. Over indulging on these types of food could affect your body in a very serious way.
Drinking Too Much Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is good for detox, it contains vitamin C that helps improve you immune system. But lemon juice is also has high acidity, and acid can damage the enamel of your teeth. This in turn makes your teeth rougher, darker, and sensitive.
Chewing Ice Cubes
Sure, human teeth is as strong as tiger shark’s teeth but it still prone to damage. And your habit of chewing or cracking ice cubes every time you finish your drinks could chip your teeth. If that happens you probably need a dental implant to fix it, but note that it could be more expensive than a wisdom tooth removal.
Smoking calms your nerves and makes you awake, but it also causes a lot of damage in your body including your teeth. Not only does it cause darker teeth and gums, it also reduces your sense of taste and smell. It also dries your mouth causing bad breath. Smoking also increases the risk of oral cancer.
Grinding Your Teeth When Sleeping
This could be harder to check, but you could ask your loved ones if you are grinding your teeth when sleeping. If you do, you have to go to the dentist to fix this bad dental habit. Aside from broken teeth, it can also cause joint dysfunction or chronic facial pain.
Bad habit are difficult to change but if with your dedication and will to improve your dental health, you can achieve this.