Seven (7) habits that damages the teeth.

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Seven (7) habits that damages the teeth. 

The teeth has many duties it does for humans, it’s used in chewing, gringind, and tearing our foods, it’s also an integral part of our speaking mechanisms, the teeth therefore goes through wear and tear on a daily basis, hence, it is of importance to maintain the teeth by regular brushing, flossing, and having a regular balanced diet.


We abuse the use of our teeth by using it to open bottles, jars and cut ropes amongst other things, these bad habits goes a long way in damaging our teeth. There’s a strong relationship between our overall health and that of the teeth, hence, it’s very important to care for the teeth and gums adequately. 


Poor oral health may lead to the accumulation of bacteria in the gum which may cause gum diseases, and may also lead to severe conditions like gingivitis, periodontitis, and trench mouth. It may also result Into loss of teeth, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. 


We would discuss seven (7) bad habits contributes to the damage of the teeth below:


1. Nibbling on ice cubes
Ice cubes doesn’t contain sugar neither do they contain calories, hence, they are a great choice for people who diet to fight off hunger. The problem with is is that, the ice blocks are too hard for the teeth to handle, icy temperatures are also not good for the dental health, as they gives a sharp shock or causes pain to the gums.


2. Opening things with the teeth 
Many people are fond of using their teeth to open bottles of wine and beverages, the right implements such as a bottle opener, knife or scissors should be used, the use of the teeth to open things would lead to breaking or chipping of the teeth. 


3. Smoking of Tobacco 
Tobacco isn’t only dangerous to the kidney, it stains the teeth with almost permanent diets, and it also increases the risk of contacting gum diseases and oral cancer too. 


4. Drinking too much coffee 
Having too much of coffee can result into staining of the teeth, it causes a yellowing effect and leads to spots and patches on the teeth, this may negatively affect self-esteem and kill a normally radiant smile, however, it is one of the easiest stains to remove, this can be done through the use of whitening products and other simple treatments.


5. Piercing of the cheeks, lips and tongues 
Piercing is fashionable amongst youths and some sections of people, people have multiple piercings on their ears, some also pierce their eyes and nose, however, piercing anywhere close to the mouth is risky. The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) says that piercings close to the mouth can lead to serious chronic injuries to the adjacent teeth and mucosa (inside of cheeks, lips, and taste buds), it can also lead to tooth fracture, gum recession, and tooth loss. 


6. Biting off the nails
This is a bad habit that we’re usually warned against when we were still younger, this is to forestall us from ingesting the dirts inside the nails, and other bacteria that the hands may have come across during the day, so it may lead to sickness apart from the ability to damage the teeth. 


7. High consumption of acidic food
High consumption of foods that contains acid such as lemons, oranges, lime, and the likes causes damage to the outer layer of the teeth (enamel), which leads to an increase in contacting oral and cavity diseases. 


There are some ways by which damage to the teeth and gums can be reversed, some are:
1. Practice excellent oral health by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. 
2. See a dentist when you notice anomalies such as gum recession.
3. Stay away from foods that damages the teeth.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has advised against the following: Binge eating, hard brushing, ice cubes chewing, excessive intake of coffee or red wine, consumption of too many snacks, chewing writing utensils, and participation in sports without a mouth guard.


References 
Dentists Explain 7 Habits That Ruin Your Teeth and Gums (And How to Fix It)
https://www.powerofpositivity.com/habits-that-ruin-teeth-gums
16 Bad Habits That Are Guaranteed to Damage Your Teeth
https://www.carefreedental.com/resources/16-dental-tips/136-16-bad-habits-that-are-guaranteed-to-damage-your-teeth

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