April 11, 2014
Tooth and gum problems can be caused by quite a few elements, many of which are under your control. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be aware of your diet and make sure you brush and floss regularly. The focus of this article will be on some widespread mistakes that can contribute to various dental problems.
Something relatively harmless like gum is obviously a mistake with your teeth. There is one particular spin-off that is a positive with gum chewing. The saliva that builds up contains good stuff like digestive enzymes and other things, and all that is good for your system. The sweetener, Xylitol, is natural is not anything like regular sugar. We’ve all learned at a young age about sugar and what it does. If you’re hooked on artificial sweeteners, then try to get off them because they’re even more unhealthy for you. One very unhealthy practice is eating between meal snacks on sugary foods and things like that. When you eat candy and then don’t brush immediately afterward, then you’re setting yourself up for a trip to the dentist. If you love gummy bears, then you’re in serious trouble – that and things like licorice. If you can get into the habit of eating healthier snacks, such as vegetables and fruits, you will be doing your teeth a big favor.
Tooth grinding, or bruxism is a common disorder.
One complexity with this condition is when people do it in their sleep without even knowing it. If you’re under stress, there’s a chance you clench your jaw. This can weaken your teeth, and also cause problems such as TMJ, where your whole jaw can become painful and inflamed. Dentists have ways of diagnosing these issues, and it’s important to be aware if you’re experiencing any of this. If you grind your teeth while sleeping, their are devices such as mouth guards that can stop you from grinding your teeth. Solving this issue is good for your sleep as well as your teeth and jaw. Clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth is a fairly common cause of sleeping disorders. A good dentist or specialist who treats TMJ can diagnose this type of condition. Overlooking the above issues can cause you to develop all kinds of dental problems. The health of your teeth depends largely on everyday practices such as brushing, flossing and your diet. When you are careless with your health, this often shows up in your teeth or gums before anywhere else. What’s good for your teeth is usually good for your whole body.
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