- Bad habits
- The wrong paste
- Incorrect brushing technique
- Using only a regular brush
- Constant stress
- Overindulgence in mouthwashes
- Hot-cold alternation
- Soda craze
- Ignoring tooth loss
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Filling not replaced
- Ignoring malocclusion
- Trying to whiten your teeth yourself
- Ignoring temporary pain
- Assessment of the condition of the teeth by external examination
- Ignoring the recommendations of the dentist
Here I do not mean alcohol and smoking (which, of course, also does not positively affect dental health), but what is called parafunction in scientific language. Simply put, when the teeth are used for other purposes. For example, chewing on a pen, constantly puffing out or vice versa pulling in your cheeks, biting your lip and tongue, constantly spitting, opening bottle caps with your teeth, chewing seeds, etc. In some cases, a bad habit leads to damage to the teeth, in others – to malocclusion.
The wrong paste
For example, you can not use a paste with a high content of fluoride in childhood or in a region where there is already enough of it in the water. Too much fluoride can lead to weak enamel and stains on the teeth. Pasta should be selected by the dentist, taking into account your characteristics
Incorrect brushing technique
Trying to brush your teeth as in advertising or as our grandmothers taught us to do, that is, take a brush and drive back and forth, will not end in anything good. I recommend that everyone attend a hygiene class, where they will explain to you how to properly care for your oral cavity. Such lessons, by the way, are often free.
Using only a regular brush
This is not even the past, but the century before last. It is necessary to use modern hygiene products: electric brushes, irrigators, dental floss. A set for each person is selected individually by the dentist. For example, if you have a bridge, you need to use superfloss, a special type of thread that helps to remove food debris under the prosthesis. In addition, do not forget about professional cleaning at the dentist 1-2 times a year.
There is a saying that all diseases are from nerves, except caries. But it is not so. Due to regular stress and excitement, we can develop bruxism and clenchers, that is, nightly grinding and involuntary clenching of the teeth in stressful situations. This, in turn, leads to an overload of the entire maxillofacial apparatus, the occurrence of cracks and wedge-shaped defects at the neck of the teeth.
Overindulgence in mouthwashes
Especially antibacterial. The mania to constantly fight the emergence of microbes will not lead to anything good. There is a natural flora in the oral cavity, which is full of non-pathogenic microbes, that is, those that do not cause diseases, but rather provide difficulties for the survival of pathogenic microbes. Simply put, once you’ve killed off all the good germs, it’s easier for the bad germs to settle in your mouth. In addition, solutions containing oxygen radicals or other active substances can lead to a more yellow discoloration of the teeth. It is good when the conditioner is used in moderation and for special purposes.
First eat ice cream, then drink hot tea, and then ice cream again. Such temperature fluctuations, of course, can have a very negative effect on the condition of the enamel.
This includes not only sweet lemonades, but also any other gas-containing drinks. Regular consumption of soda due to high acidity leads to a significant destruction of the hard tissues of all teeth.
Ignoring tooth loss
Often the patient thinks that if he has lost one tooth, but it is not visible, then there is nothing wrong with that. You can walk like that too. But as a result, the rest of the teeth suffer: the neighboring ones bend, the opposite ones are put forward, and, accordingly, their necks are exposed. As a result, caries of the roots occurs, and this already leads to the removal of teeth.
Impacted wisdom teeth
Even if it does not become inflamed and, in principle, does not bother you, the lying tooth must be removed. After all, food gets stuck there, which begins to rot. Because of these processes, you risk losing the adjacent, seventh tooth. But he already performs the chewing function.
Filling not replaced
Even if the tooth does not bother you, the filling has not chipped and has held up well for many years, this does not mean that everything is fine. There is such a thing as secondary caries, which develops under a filling. It is very insidious: it is simply not visible. In addition, like everything else, fillings wear out. Therefore, after 4-5 years, it is worth thinking about updating.
If you don’t care about crooked teeth, you don’t care about aesthetics, and you’ve been living quietly with the wrong bite for about 20 years, then the scale of your problems will probably be colossal. Correction of the bite is important not only in terms of aesthetics, but also for the long-term functioning of the teeth. After all, their incorrect position leads to destruction due to excessive load.
Trying to whiten your teeth yourself
Someone recommended a miracle remedy from a pharmacy to you, and you decided to make yourself a snow-white smile on your own. Even if this tool is intended for home use, I would not risk it. Teeth whitening is too serious a procedure that should be carried out only by a professional, under his own responsibility and control. If whitening is done at home, then only according to the instructions of a specialist and after a thorough analysis of the enamel. Whitening methods in one form or another affect the mineralization of teeth. If it is already insufficient for you, then such a procedure can greatly aggravate the situation.
Ignoring temporary pain
Many patients hope that if the pain has ceased, it means that they have recovered. Should upset you. This means that the disease progresses and has passed into an even more serious form. Even if the pain was only one day, and then nothing bothered for a month.
Assessment of the condition of the teeth by external examination
If they just examined you and poked your teeth a little with a stick, and then they said that everything is fine, then this immediately raises questions. Progress has gone far ahead. There are x-rays, computed tomograms, caries markers, special cameras, electronic tests to determine the condition of the teeth. In dentistry, there is now a huge selection of different types of diagnostics. Much is not visible to the eye. And then it turns out that some pathogenic process has been developing for a long time. External view alone is the tip of the iceberg.
Ignoring the recommendations of the dentist
Or even imposing your own treatment plan on the doctor, compiled according to data from advertising and articles on the Internet. Unless you’re a dentist with a decent amount of experience under your belt, this plan is probably wrong. For example, you were offered to put a crown, and you insisted on a filling. In this case, the tooth is destroyed by more than 50 percent. This is quite risky: a very large filling can lead to the fact that the rest of the tooth will chip, and it will simply have to be removed. That is why it is so important to listen to a specialist. If the doctor agrees to treat according to the plan you have drawn up, then I would think ten times before sitting in his chair.
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