Your mouth is a very important part of your body. It helps you communicate, lets you taste food – and it's also an indicator of your overall health. Often, the first signs of illness will manifest themselves in the mouth. For example, an overly pale mouth may indicate anemia.
Oral health is the primary concern of Mark Stephens DMD, the premier dentist of Richmond, KY. Today, his local family dentistry wants you to know about several common habits that are bad for your mouth:
- Biting Your Nails: This extremely common anxious habit is a major cause of hangnails, and can wear away your teeth, too. Your fingernails are also filled with dirt and bacteria – so the last thing you want is to let that get in your mouth. Quit this habit as soon as possible.
- Chewing Ice: Ice biting can cause teeth to eventually become brittle and even crack. Talk to your doctor about this habit, as it could indicate a nutritional deficiency or even anxiety.
- Having Candy & Soda: Exposure to any kind of sugar is bad for your teeth, but drinking can after can of soda or sucking on hard candies will greatly accelerate tooth decay.
- Biting Your Lips: Your lips are extremely sensitive, and biting them will only dehydrate them and make them peel even more. This habit is often shared by anxious people, but individuals with certain jaw disorders are susceptible too. If you have trouble with lip biting, your dentist can provide soft splints to wear on your teeth before bed, which will minimize damage.
- Using Teeth for Cutting Thread: Some people use their top two front teeth to cut thread. After repeatedly doing this, the area wears away, creating what is sometimes called a tailor's notch. If you don't want a gap-toothed appearance, use scissors to cut thread instead.
Mark Stephens DMD practices in Richmond, KY, and is currently taking new patients. To schedule an appointment or ask any questions about Dr. Stephens or his practice, which includes orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry, call (859) 626-0069, or visit the dentist's website.