Habits That Are Bad For Your Oral Health

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A healthy soul lies in a healthy body. A healthy is one who is healthy in all aspects let whether physically or mentally. Physical health is something more than we usually think it is.

For instance, if I ask you to think of your physical health, you’ll most probably think of the health of your vitals and skip one important component of it which is your oral health. 

Yes! Oral health is something that is extremely and equally important as any other wellness but unfortunately, we don’t give it the importance it deserves.

We continue doing the things that are not good for our oral health and we find it quite normal which is not the case by the way.

We need to take care of our oral health like we take care of anything else for that we must say goodbye to a number of our bad habits. There are many habits that you might think are ok but are not. 

In this blog, I’ll brief you about a few such habits which you should avoid in order to have good and healthy oral health. 

1. Nail Biting

Imagine yourself watching the super over of a cricket match or a penalty shootout of your favorite team and you will find your nails in your mouth being bitten by your teeth.

This may seem a common practice for easing your pressure but it is not healthy at all. This can affect your jaw and make it weak.

Not just that, it will surely expose your mouth to bacteria which can have very bad effects on your health. Hence, try saying no to this bad habit of yours for better oral health.

2. Using Your Teeth Everywhere

We are sure that you must have at least tried once to open the lid of a bottle with your teeth. Do you think doing this makes you look cool?

Actually not! You may look cool for a moment but the damage it does to your oral health is more than you can imagine. Try to understand the fact that if you use things for tasks they are not meant for, they’ll eventually get damaged. The same is the case with your teeth. Your teeth are precious, treasure them well. 

3. Brushing Very Hard

We all must have learned it in high school that brushing twice a day is extremely beneficial for our oral health but if we don’t do it the right way, we are wasting it all.

Yes, this might surprise you but just brushing your teeth isn’t enough. You must know how to brush correctly else it won’t serve the purpose. Brushing too hard can damage your teeth and gums and can have very bad effects on your oral hygiene. Don’t use your brush as a scrub rather use it as a massager for better oral health.

4. Say NO to Chewing Ice Cubes

On a hot summer day, you might find it extremely soothing to snack on an ice cube for you may think that it is as beneficial for you as the ice but the fact is that you can be in deep trouble someday because of this habit some day.

That’s because biting down on hard, frozen ice cubes can chip or crack your teeth. Not just this, continuous chewing of ice cubes can irritate the soft tissues inside your teeth resulting in regular toothaches. 

5. Bedtime Eating

One of the biggest factors for damaging our teeth and hampering our oral health is the habit of having sugary drinks and ice creams right before going to bed. You may be very careful about your health and hygiene but if you can’t give up on this bad habit of yours, you can’t have good oral hygiene.

This habit of yours can lead to tooth decay really very fast. The reason is quite simple: when you have these drinks and ice creams before going to bed, the sugar gets soaked in your teeth overnight inviting bacteria and damaging your teeth. 

6. Thumb Sucking (In children) :

This is something we need to make sure as parents, children who have the habit of thumb sucking after the age of 5-6 years, i.e after their permanent teeth are out, are at high risk of damaging their teeth and jaws too in a very tender age.

Hence it becomes our responsibility to make sure that our children don’t develop this habit. One way of overcoming this unfavorable habit is to keep their hands busy. Once they get used to that, they won’t probably develop this habit. 

We must understand the fact that our oral health is directly proportional to our overall health. Here’s how it is: Not taking care of your teeth will eventually lead to damaging your teeth and jaws which in turn will make it hard for you to chew your food well. This will lead to many digestive ailments further leading to other complications and ailments. Hence, it is very important for us to take care of our oral health and hygiene. 

Dr. Narinder Dhadwal

Narinder is a Specialist Periodontist based in private practice. She qualified from St. Bartholomew’s & The Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London in 2007. During her studies she was awarded the Harold Fink Prize for outstanding academic achievement.

Posted On : July 26, 2022

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