I have been working as a dental nurse now for over ten years and throughout that time I can tell you that I have seen some awful sets of teeth, with a wide range of problems. The unfortunate thing for many people is that they put off going to the dentist until is too late, and this can result in issues escalating very quickly. Working for a local Swindon dentist is great fun, but would you believe that I too am very scared of going to the dentist, and that is why I put so much effort into looking after my teeth. What many people either don’t know, or completely ignore when it comes to teeth, is the practices which they do, that are causing awful amounts of untold damage to the teeth and to the gums. I thought I would write a quick piece then, about what it is in your life that could be causing you dental problems.
I know you’re probably thinking ‘but brushing helps teeth’ and you would be absolutely right, unfortunately however, it can also complicate matters. The reason for this is because people don’t always brush right, and they also don’t clean with the right brush. You should be using a small-headed toothbrush, and one which is not too firm. If you brush aggressively with a hard brush, you can do a lot of damage to the lining of your gums. Circular motions with the right brush is the best way to do it.
This should go without saying but many people are doing huge amounts of damage to their teeth because of their vices such as alcohol and cigarettes. Cigarettes gradually destroy everything in your mouth, both gums and teeth, and they can cause tings like throat cancer and even tongue cancer. If you do smoke, I would urge you to look at some photos of a tongue cancer patient to see what could be in store for you. Drinking isn’t bad in moderation, but excessive drinking will weaken the teeth and leave them looking like stumps in your mouth, that are weak and prone to breaking.
Sugar is not easy to avoid of course, especially refined sugar, and generally speaking there isn’t too much wrong with a little bit here and there. Too much sugar however is the ultimate way to cause havoc in your mouth. When sugar enters the mouth it sticks like glue to the teeth and if it isn’t removed instantly, it will stick fast to the enamel. What then happens is that when the sugar is removed, it takes the enamel with it. The result of this is a weaker tooth which can be prone to cavities and infections, which could lead to more serious issues if not treated. When you consume sugar, try to chew sugar-free gum afterwards, mouthwash or brush your teeth.
Make sure that you are aware of what you are doing with your teeth.