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11 / 09 / 2017

Don’t Let The Strains Of Daily Life Ruin Your Teeth

Some Simple Daily Oral Health Guidance From Our Ipswich Dentists

In today’s busy world, we sometimes simply don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything that we want or need to achieve. This can result in cutting corners to save time and whilst there may be some logic to this, it is sometimes the essentials that get cut!

Looking after teeth and gums is one example of an area where we might consider cutting corners, but doing so, along with other stresses of daily life, can have a serious impact on the health of our teeth.

Junk food

Few people now seem to take a proper lunch break. With deadlines to be met and a constant stream of information flow, many of us simply grab something to eat at our desks. These are not always healthy options either and especially if we feel under pressure, we may well fill ourselves with the likes of chocolate and fizzy drinks. Both of these are likely to cause significant damage to the teeth if maintained for any length of time. Try to either pack your own lunch or buy some sandwiches in the morning and be prepared for a quick, but healthy lunch.

Smoking

Smoking contributes to many serious diseases. It can also contribute to periodontitis which may eventually result in lost teeth. If your job is highly pressured and you need a release, smoking is not the answer. We would strongly recommend that you replace cigarettes with non-sugar chewing gum if possible. Even e-cigarettes are likely to be much better for your general and oral health, although research into the health implications of these is at an early stage. Make sure to have your oral health checked regularly at the Lighthouse Dental Practice, particularly if you smoke.

Bruxism

If you are stressed during the day, whether because of work or any other circumstances, it is possible that you may be grinding your teeth whilst you sleep. This can be very damaging, causing enamel wear or even breaking a tooth altogether. Whilst techniques such as dental crowns are available at our Ipswich dental clinic to restore damaged teeth, it is better to try to address any causes of stress to eliminate the problem before the damage is caused.

Tiredness

At the end of a hard day, we perhaps come home to cook a meal and spend some time with the kids, leaving us just a short time to relax before bed. It can be very tempting to crawl into bed without cleaning your teeth. Although this only takes a few minutes, it can seem to be a chore to have to brush our teeth, but the consequences are significant if we don’t. At the end of the day, our teeth and gums are coated in sugars and acids which will gradually damage the enamel of the teeth, leading to tooth decay. Our gums too will suffer as the ‘bad’ bacteria in our mouths multiply. So cleaning our teeth properly, at least twice per day, is very important.

Although it can be easy to forget during our busy lives, paying a little extra attention to our teeth and gums can mean the difference between healthy and infected or damaged teeth.

To help make sure that you keep your teeth in good condition, be sure to have them checked at the Lighthouse Dental Practice. Appointments can be made by calling our Ipswich practice on 01257 379473.

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If you would like to speak to a member of our friendly team about any of the issues in this article please visit our contact page or call us on 01473 257379.

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