If you’ve been ultra-diligent with your dental hygiene regimen, congrats on a job well done, but did you know that some habits can do more harm than good? It may all sound innocent, but certain oral habits may be unraveling all that good work you do every day. So don’t let all your good efforts fly down the drain so fast. Here a nice list of some habits you need to avoid if you want to steer clear of certain oral infections and dental issues:
1. Smoking. According to the CDC, the nicotine habit harms nearly every organ in your body,including your mouth, teeth and tongue. Besides being responsible for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, smoking can pack a punch when it comes to your gums. It can lead to periodontitis and tooth loss, and is also a direct cause of oral cancer or cancer of the larynx and esophagus.
A recent study from the University of Kentucky has identified smoking as a method of promotion for the bacterium porphyromonas gingivalis, specifically in smokers as compared to non-smokers. Not only does this bacterium flourish in the biofilm of dental plaque but it further forms a barrier against the body’s natural immune response and becomes stronger by resisting certain antibiotics. [Read more…]