Enjoying optimal oral health is synonymous with acquiring healthy habits. It is not enough just to have an adequate oral hygiene, through brushing, flossing and mouthwash, or with periodic visits to the dentist. It is also about having a balanced diet, avoiding certain foods, having a healthy lifestyle, etc.
However, there are even certain habits that although initially seem beneficial, are counterproductive; as well as there are others that although we know that they are not beneficial, we keep them.
From very early ages we are acquiring habits. Some instilled by parents, others by the environment, friends, couple, work; In short, when we reach adulthood we are a bunch of habits, and these are the ones that will determine what we will have done and how far we will have arrived.
There are healthy habits, habits that help us achieve our goals, but there are also negative habits that go against our health and our stability. That is why we must be careful with the habits we are acquiring, because up to a point they will define us.
In the case of health, and more specifically in terms of oral health, habit is everything. From a very young age, the child should be taught that oral hygiene is essential to enjoy good health. And that’s why children should not forget to brush, floss and rinse.
However, there are other habits that we are acquiring and that if we do not leave them behind or control them, they will threaten our oral health, even when they are beneficial in other aspects.
Habits that hurt your teeth
- Brush right after eating: It is true that we should brush after each meal, but cannot be immediately after eating. It is necessary to spend about 20 minutes, because to do it immediately, we would find the teeth very vulnerable due to the acids present in the food and with the friction of the brush we would damage the tooth enamel.
- Eating ice: This habit can be harmful to oral health because ice is hard even for our teeth, and biting can chill them, affect tooth enamel and promote cavities and oral diseases.
- Do sport frequently: Recent research has found a relationship between exercise and oral health. They conclude that the more hours of training an athlete has, the worse the condition is. Although there is no data yet of the people who have the sport as a hobby, in those who are elite athletes the consequences are clear, apparently because in sports activity the presence of saliva in the mouth is diminished and it becomes more alkaline according to exercise progresses, which promotes the formation of bacterial plaque. The idea is not to abandon the sport activity, but to take it with a dental supervision.