HealthDitch these damaging dental habits: Dentist's TikTok advice to avoid costly dental bills

Ditch these damaging dental habits: Dentist's TikTok advice to avoid costly dental bills

The dentist is very active on TikTok.
The dentist is very active on TikTok.
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10:49 AM EST, January 10, 2024

According to a report from The Sun on the TikTok-affiliated dentist, it's sufficient to drop three unsafe habits permanently to avoid the hefty dental bills of the later years. In his video, Dr. Wei Jian from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, articulates that ditching the habits of grinding teeth, biting nails, and utilizing toothpicks is vital.

As stated in his TikTok video, the act of grinding teeth can result in the flattening and sensitivity of teeth. On the other hand, biting nails leads to teeth chipping, giving rise to irregularities. Toothpick usage to clean the teeth and gums is also considered very unhealthy as it can initiate gum recession and tooth sensitivity.

Actions to avoid for achieving healthy teeth

Another dental professional, Dr. Kailesh Solanki from Manchester, shared his insights with The Sun. He recommends gently using dental floss while cleaning the teeth, as some patients use it too aggressively. "You should gently move the dental floss side-to-side, along the back and front of each tooth, and below the gum line to get rid of food particles and plaque," he explains.

The doctor also cautions against using the same piece of floss to clean more than one gap between the teeth. That could potentially transfer dirt among teeth. He further states that patients who experience unwarranted bleeding while using floss should not avoid it but instead use it more.

He argues that this bleeding could be an indication of gum disease, signaling the need to continue regular cleaning with dental floss.

Dentists advocate brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day and maintaining regular flossing. It's crucial to manage your sugar intake. Routine dental check-ups should be scheduled every six months. These habits will help ensure a beautiful and healthy smile.

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