Five Common Mistakes We Make With Our Teeth

Sensible advice from your Epsom dental team.

It is likely that most of us rarely think much about our teeth until it is time for a dental visit. For some people, preparation for this can mean an ‘extra special’ brush, just before they go, as though this will eradicate any problems that they might have – I suspect many of us have done it!

Looking after our teeth correctly though, involves long term care, so below we look at some of the mistakes that some of us may make which can contribute to dental problems.

Sucking sweets

We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, but sucking certain types of sweets, particularly the “boiled” variety, is especially bad. The reason for this is that this type of sweet stays in our mouths for a long time, particularly if this is a regular habit. This provides the bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease with an almost constant sugar supply. Other than for very occasional treats, we’d advise trying to avoid this type of product as much as possible.

Tearing open packets

Your teeth are there to enable you to bite and chew food, and are not a tool to perform daily chores. Although ripping open a packet may not seem particularly destructive, the force required to grip something very thin between the teeth is quite strong and may result in the tooth breaking, especially if it is not strong and healthy, as might be the case with a heavily filled or root treated tooth.

Opening bottles

Hopefully, patients of the Clock Tower Dental Clinic will have more sense than to try this one. Sadly though, some people do still try to open bottles with their teeth! Broken teeth are one possible outcome of this scenario, but so are cut lips, gums and even facial tissue …. Simply NEVER attempt to do this.

Over enthusiastic brushing

Even those keen to keep their teeth healthy can, inadvertently, cause damage to their teeth. One common way in which this can happen is when patients brush their teeth too hard. Although the intentions may be good, exerting too much pressure when brushing can cause damage to the enamel on your teeth, gradually wearing it down and creating a greater risk of tooth decay. If you think you may be doing this, switch to an electric toothbrush with a pressure sensor that will cut out when too much pressure is applied. Please also request advice at your next visit with us.

Ignoring the gums

Most of us brush our teeth but often ignore the gums. This is a mistake and gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in the UK. Brushing your gums gently and also using dental floss, along with visits to the hygienist at the Clock Tower Dental Clinic, are excellent ways of ensuring that both teeth and gums are healthy.

However well you think you look after your teeth, regular dental checks are essential. We are always happy to see new patients at our Epsom dental practice and our team can be contacted by calling us on 01372 720136.