6 Bad Hygiene Habits that Harm Oral Health
No-one wants to be accused of having bad hygiene habits, but a quick look at some basic dental care standards is likely to reveal some poor habits.
Sure, you might keep the house vacuumed and the dishes clean, but scratch below the surface and you’re likely to see some less obvious poor hygiene habits that you engage in without even knowing it. Hygiene habits – that is, whether you keep yourself and your environment clean – are often handed down the generations, with everyone having the perception that the standards they have are the “normal” standards. But is your version of “normal” hygiene standards as high as it should be? Take a look at these poor hygiene habits to see how your habits stack up.
Poor Hygiene Habits that Harm Health
Most of us are guilty of at least a small handful of poor hygiene habits, like not stacking the fridge properly or changing the sheets often enough. But sometimes they can have adverse effects on health, and this is when bad habits need to be stopped in their tracks. If you’re guilty of any of the following, it’s time to put it to a halt.
1. Not Brushing Your Teeth Often Enough
Not brushing your teeth regularly means that leftover food can build up on the teeth, eroding enamel and causing tooth decay and gum disease (not to mention terrible breath!). Scrap this bad habit by brushing at least twice a day.
2. Brushing Your Teeth at the Wrong Time of Day
Make sure you brush your teeth before going to bed! Not brushing your teeth at the end of the day means leftover food has all night to do its dirty work on your teeth. Nip it in the bud by making a thorough teeth-clean part of your nightly routine.
3. Not Flossing
Flossing – we’re all guilty of not doing it enough. Dentists recommend flossing at least once a day to remove wedged-in food and avoid gum disease and tooth decay.
4. Drinking “Detoxifying” Juices
There is no evidence that juice diets actually clear toxins from the body, and drinking sugar-filled juices for days on end is a sure-fire way to break down enamel on your teeth. Don’t fall for the hype; a balanced diet of nutritious foods is the best way to keep your body healthy.
5. Not Drinking Enough Water
If you’re not drinking enough water, you could end up with a wide range of health problems stemming from dehydration. A less observed side effect of not drinking enough water is the harmful effect it has on oral health. Make sure you drink water regularly throughout the day to clean the mouth and wash away leftover foods that stick to the teeth.
6. Not Going to Regular Dental Check-Ups
Don’t let bad habits ruin your teeth for life! Book in a visit to the dentist twice a year by calling Jannali Dental Care on (02) 9199 7229 today.