Your teeth say a lot about you and our Yuba City family dentist is an expert when it comes to understanding what they say. What do your teeth say about you when it’s exam time?
Dental Habits – Good and Bad
A lot of habits affect our teeth for better or worse. Daily oral hygiene is a good habit that maintains strong teeth and prevents cavities. Bad habits, like nail biting or chewing on objects, causes minuscule cracks in teeth, weakening them over time. Grinding teeth, also known as bruxism, is another bad habit that weakens teeth and wears them down prematurely. People who grind their teeth often do so because of stress. A custom mouthguard from the Yuba City Dentistry Group helps to stop teeth grinding to preserve your teeth.
Our Yuba City dentist frequently receives questions about thumb sucking from concerned parents. This bad habit is common and not usually a concern, because children often grow out of the habit by the time they turn four. If your child is still sucking their thumb after their permanent teeth come in, it’s time to encourage them to stop. This takes time and patience, but prevents bite problems caused by vigorous thumb sucking. Praise your child for not sucking their thumb, offer rewards and speak to us for more tips on helping little ones to stop.
Dental Signs of Age
Some gum recession is normal due to aging. Younger patients naturally have less gum recession, while older patients show at least some recession, even in an otherwise healthy mouth. Years of abrasion and use, untreated gum disease, and even genes play a role in how much gums recede. Preserve your gums by using a soft bristle toothbrush, and brush gently. Floss gently daily and use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to remineralize areas on the teeth where gum recession appears. In cases of extreme gum recession, our Yuba City dental experts offer various treatment options for gum recession.
Make an appointment today with the Yuba City Dentistry Group and have the good dental health you deserve!