Oral health, halitosis, Columbia, SCWhat are your bad habits? Did you know that some bad habits may be damaging to your oral health? Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Tom Trinkner encourages all of his patients to kick the habits that may cause harm to their teeth or gums. Through preventative dental care and routine oral hygiene, you may be able to reverse some of the side effects of bad habits. Dr. Trinker offers a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments for more complex dental concerns.

Habit: Nail Biting

Consequences: First of all, there is a lot of bacteria under your nails. Chewing them exposes your body to these potentially illness causing germs. Biting your nails may also lead to chipping or cracking of your teeth. When you bite your nails your jaw is strained for prolonged amounts of time which may cause TMJ. Stress of the jaw can be painful and inhibit the way you chew, sleep and speak.

What To Do: Stop biting your nails. Set small goals for yourself everyday. If you know that you chew your nails during certain times of the day or in certain situations, try to keep your hands occupied. Put your hands in your pockets, or lace your hands together so that you can not chew your fingernails. If you have been chewing your nails for many years and are suffering from TMJ pain, Dr. Trinkner offers TMJ treatment options. A mouthguard or restorative dentistry may be able to alleviate some of your TMJ pain.

Habit: Brushing Too Hard

Consequences: Brushing with too much force may cause your gums to bleed or swell. Brushing too hard for many years may cause your gums to recede from your teeth. Your gums help keep your teeth in place and if damaged, may not be able to properly support your teeth.

What To Do:
Make sure you are using a soft bristle tooth brush. Most tooth brushes with the ADA seal will have an bristle strength indicator on the packaging. Dr. Trinkner will recommend that most patients use soft bristles. During your individualized consultation Dr. Trinker can advise you on what oral hygiene products will best help maintain your personal oral health needs.

Habit: Chewing On Ice

Consequences: Ice is hard, and cold, and can cause damage to your teeth. If you have had any dental restorations they are particularly susceptible to damage from chewing ice. You may lose a crown or filling from chewing ice. Some patients have also chipped or cracked their teeth on an ice cube.

What To Do:
Avoid chewing ice. Use a straw if your teeth are sensitive to keep the ice from touching your teeth. If you do break a dental crown or other restoration never attempt to replace it yourself. Contact our Columbia dentist office for assistance. Dr. Trinkner is highly trained is restorative and cosmetic dentistry and can help restore your smile.

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