Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being, yet many individuals knowingly or unknowingly engage in habits that can wreak havoc on their teeth. From seemingly harmless behaviours to more overt actions, these five common habits could be compromising your dental health.

Irregular oral hygiene practices.

One of the primary contributors to poor dental health is inconsistent oral hygiene. This is neglecting regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing which often allows harmful bacteria to thrive in the mouth, leading to plaque formation, cavities, and gum disease.

Using tobacco products.

Smoking and using other tobacco products have long been linked to a myriad of health issues, including poor dental health. Using Tobacco can stain the teeth, cause bad breath, and contribute to the development of gum disease. It can also hinder the body's ability to heal and repair oral tissues, making it harder to recover from dental procedures.

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding is  often linked to stress, and grinding your teeth can wear it down and expose them to decay. Consider using a mouth guard, therapeutic Botox, or practice stress-reducing exercises to manage bruxism.

Nail biting and chewing

A lot of people have turned their teeth into razor blades and nail cutters, and unfortunately don't know they are putting their dental health at risk. Nail biting, a nervous habit for many, can lead to chipped teeth and jaw issues. Combat this habit by using bitter nail polish or practising stress management techniques.

Using teeth as tools

Teeth have become more popular than beer openers. Using your teeth to open bottles and untie knots, puts them at the risk of tooth damage. Keep real tools nearby to resist the temptation of using your teeth inappropriately.

Avoid these and watch your dental health improve.

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