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Habits that harm oral health


Habits that harm oral health

Smile is our postcard, but to cultivate a beautiful mouth and teeth we need to take some precautions. Teeth grinding, nail biting, biting the pen cap, thumb sucking ... Some habits often seen as harmless can damage dental health. To explain everything, we invite the dentists Gustavo Bastos and Denise Abranches.

Some people think that brushing too hard guarantees cleaner teeth, but this is not true. According to experts, very strong brushing can wear away the enamel of the teeth, irritate and cause irreversible damage to the gums. And grinding your teeth? Known as 'bruxism', may be related to difficult times and stress. Ranger teeth cause wear and even headaches. This habit occurs overnight. To limit the damage, the use of a mouth guard may be indicated.

Food acids are seen as bosses by dentists and must be consumed moderate manner. This is because they cause erosion, a softening of tooth enamel. Soft drinks and processed juices are also considered acids.

Wine is also a ‘villain’ and stains your teeth. To avoid staining and erosion, be sure to use straw and make mouthwash. Also avoid brushing your teeth after taking wine or an acid juice. Smoking is another habit that damages teeth. Besides leaving yellow teeth, smoke can cause inflammation in the gums, bad breath, mouth and throat cancer and periodontal disease.

And biting the nail is bad? This habit can cause cracks and chipping his front teeth. Furthermore, germs and bacteria that are under the nails entering the mouth may cause bacterial, viral or fungal lesions. Already thumb sucking interferes with the growth of the dental arch and alter the position of the teeth.

The tooth sensitivity is a problem that spoils the pleasure of a meal, but there is treatment. Sometimes the sensitivity appears because of brushing. "Sometimes the person prefer a stiffer brush and makes a lot of strength. This causes the downturn, "said the dentist Ana Paula Uzum. She says it is best to opt for a soft brush or extramacia, make short strokes every two teeth and then finish combing the gum down.

You brush your teeth straight and the pain continues? The problem may be that the enamel serves to protect teeth. Use a toothpaste for sensitivity can help. And when not solve, the solution is the dentist apply fluoride in stronger dosages.

Some hidden food causes great damage in the mouth. If you do not clean up right, it turns into a full plate for bacteria, which multiply until the gums become inflamed. "Gingivitis is an inflammation caused by plaque buildup," says the dentist Sheila heck Milena. Proper oral hygiene with brushing and flossing, can prevent inflammation. The bleeding is a warning. He is one of the main signs of gingivitis.

Source: G1. Access on: 11/30/2015. Available in: