Teeth Are For Life – How To Get The Most Out Of Them

by on November 6, 2017
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Teeth are strange. They are one of the few parts of the body that cannot self-heal. You get one set when you are very young and then they all fall out. Then you get a second set and those are your teeth for life. Yes, there have been a few very rare accounts of someone having a third tooth grow when losing the second one but you can’t rely on being that 1 in a billion shot – it is almost certain that your second set of teeth, your adult teeth, are your last set of teeth too.

With that in mind it’s important to take care of your teeth. You can’t undamaged a tooth and while biomemetic dentistry can help restore a tooth and take advantage of its natural properties; there’s still nothing more pleasing to the world than a truly healthy smile with no major surgery conducted on it.

5 Dental Habits You Should Avoid

You’d have to have been living under a rock not to know that you need to brush your teeth and floss them on a regular basis. So, we’re not going to dwell on that but we are going to point out some habits that can be really bad for your teeth and which can be avoided:

Don’t Open Bottles With Your Teeth

Opening a beer bottle with your teeth might seem like a neat trick and it might even make you popular at parties but each time you do it; you risk cracking the enamel or damaging the enamel on the tooth you do it with. Do it often enough and damage is a certainty. That means opening someone’s beer may mean you need dental surgery in the future. So use a bottle opener.

Don’t Have Tongue, Lip or Cheek Piercings

We’re not your mum and we’re not here to give you fashion tips but these piercings will damage your teeth. The rings or studs will constantly come into contact with your teeth and damage the enamel. You also risk a nasty infection at the piercing site which may permanently damage your looks.

Don’t Do Sports Without A Mouth Guard

Once a hockey stick or a rugby boot has smashed out your front teeth – your smile will never be the same again. Use a mouth guard. You can get your dentist to make one to fit too so that it’s not uncomfortable to use one.

Don’t Chew Ice Cubes

This is doubly true if you’ve got some fillings because fillings weaken the teeth they are in. Chewing ice cubes can cause the tooth surface to crack. Don’t do it, please.

Don’t Grind Your Teeth

If you do this unconsciously or you do it in your sleep – talk to your dentist and get a mouth guard made up. Grinding your teeth wears them down, cracks them and leads to a lot of dental work down the line. Please, please, don’t start this and if you can’t help it, get a mouth guard.

Talk To A Dentist

If you have any concerns about your dental or oral health please talk to a dentist. We’d be happy to book a consultation with you today to discuss things.

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