Tooth loss is not typically on the radar of most people. People assume that brushing their teeth twice a day is enough, and that is all they do. However, tooth loss affects approximately 25% of the American population, providing even further proof that brushing the teeth is not enough. Neglecting flossing on a daily basis and putting off regular dental cleanings, can lead to the decline in your oral health. There are also other common habits that you may be engaging in right now that are compromising the health of your teeth.
- Tobacco use. This is a no-brainer. Smoking, chewing, dipping – any use of tobacco products – has been proven detrimental to your oral health. Not only do tobacco products stain your teeth and ruin your breath, but they also increase your risk for tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer, lung cancer, and cancer of other parts of the body.
- Alcohol. Alcoholic beverages can damage the teeth. Wine is known for its staining powers, as well as dark whiskey and other dark ales. Alcohol is also highly acidic, and it can eat away at your tooth enamel if it is consumed frequently.
- Soft drinks. Whether you call it Coke, soda, pop, or a soft drink – it’s bad for your teeth. Soft drinks are laden with sugars and acids. Even diet drinks that contain a sugar substitute cause the bacteria inside the mouth to react the same way as they do with regular sugar. Soft drinks smother the teeth in a sugar bath and can cause damage to occur quickly. While it is OK to indulge occasionally, rinse your mouth with water after drinking soft drinks to help rinse away sugars from the teeth.
- Stress. Clenching and grinding the teeth during stressful situations is a common cause of broken teeth and worn down tooth enamel. Many people grind their teeth at night and are unaware that they do it. Talking with your dentist can help you prevent damage from these habits.
Tooth loss affects millions of people throughout the United States each year. If at all possible, try to avoid habits that increase your chance for tooth loss. If you do experience tooth loss, there are good options for replacing missing teeth, including high quality dental implants and dentures. Contact Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists to learn more.