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Framingham Dentist on Busting Bad Habits

Posted by Janice Spada, D.M.D. on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

cosmetic dentist on busting bad habits imageExcellent oral health isn’t just a matter of maintaining an attractive smile. The health of your teeth and gums has a major impact on your overall health, as well.

Neglecting your dental hygiene can have dire consequences for your body, such as strokes, diabetes, and heart attacks.

If you partake in any of these dreadful dental habits, it may be time to take swift action. Otherwise, you may need extensive cosmetic dentistry in Sudbury, MA. Worse yet, you could lose one or more teeth!

Bad Habit No.1: Smoking or Chewing Tobacco

When many people think of the harms associated with smoking, they most frequently focus on your lungs. Actually, tobacco use does far more damage throughout your body than just your respiratory system.

When you smoke cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, your risk of developing oral cancer increases dramatically. Think chewing tobacco is safer? Think again! Although chewing tobacco does not carry the same risks for your lungs, it still poses immediate dangers to your lips, tongue, and teeth.

All forms of tobacco stain your teeth, often so badly that teeth whitening alone will not restore the appearance of your smile. Instead, you will require dental bonding or veneers to mask the unsightly yellow and brown stains.

Tobacco use also dries out the tissues in your mouth, making you more susceptible to periodontal disease. Without treatment, gum disease leads to tooth loss and can even deteriorate your jawbone.

If this happens, you will require extensive dental work to restore your missing teeth. Dental implants or dentures will replace missing teeth, and dental crowns or fillings will rebuild badly damaged teeth.

Bad Habit No. 2: Nibbling and Gnawing

Your teeth serve a very specific purpose, and rest assured it does not include sharpening pencils. Opening bottles or packages? Not even. Every single detail about your teeth, from their shape and size to their construction, facilitates chewing your food and aiding in speech.

Beyond that, nearly any other function can cause serious damage. This includes biting your nails, chewing on ice cubes, and removing tags from clothing. If it’s not food, it probably doesn’t belong between your teeth.

These harmful habits weaken your teeth, making you more likely to have cavities, chipped teeth, and oral infections. If the teeth sustain severe damage, you may even need dental crowns or extractions. Minor chips and cracks can be addressed with porcelain veneers.

Bad Habit No. 3: Sugar, Sugar, Everywhere

When we talk about sugary drinks, we aren’t only discussing sodas. True, sodas are one of the most common culprits, but you might be surprised by the sugar content in other popular beverages:

  • One 8.3-ounce can of Red Bull Energy Drink has 27 grams of sugar.
  • One 16-ounce can of Rockstar Energy Drink has 62 grams of sugar.
  • A 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Iced Tea has 46 grams of sugar.
  • A 20-ounce bottle of Sobe Mango Melon has 70 (!) grams of sugar.

What’s more, sodas and energy drinks are highly acidic, which increases the damaging effects on your tooth enamel. Water is always best, of course.


Questions about rebuilding your brilliant smile? To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Sudbury, MA, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Janice Spada, contact our office at 978-443-3111. We welcome patients living in Framingham, Worcester, Sudbury, Marlborough, and the Boston suburbs. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and oral health insights.

Topics: Cosmetic Dentistry, Framingham Dentist, Oral Health

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