Could your DIY plans be destroying your dental bridge?

You are passionate about property, and it shows in your hobbies: what we spend our free time doing is often a great reflection of what our hearts really love, and if you spend most of your time doing DIY, then it is clear that having a home or an office that really fits you and your needs is of the upmost important to you. However, just because you are enjoying your DIY on the weekends, it doesn’t mean that it is going to have a beneficial impact on your health – and in fact, you could be having a truly detrimental impact on your health without even really knowing about it. So could your DIY plans be destroying your dental bridge?

For a start, let’s talk about what a dental bridge is. Put simply, it is a piece of dental treatment that a dentist will offer a patient who has lost a tooth, and wants to be able to hide that fact from others. It is also a brilliant way to prevent other teeth from falling out too, or moving around so much that they could start to look strange, or feel uncomfortable for the patient. So, a dental bridge is put in; something that holds onto the other two teeth either side of the gap, and hold them together in place. A dental bridge will often sit onto a false tooth, also known as a dental implant, so that there is not even a gap in your smile when you beam!

A dental bridge may sound like an easy solution and in many ways, it is – but after you have received one from your dentist, you can’t just go around pretending that your teeth are exactly how they used to be. A dental bridge is very strong and will last many years, but it is not indestructible, and the more pressure that you put on it, the more difficult it will be for the dental bridge to be able to hold its position and keep your teeth healthy. And that is when we come to DIY. Many people who do DIY will start to form a habit that is incredibly bad for your teeth whether you have a dental bridge or not – but if you do, then it could really be quite catastrophic.

So what is that habit? Well, it’s pretty simple and you’ve probably never thought about it: holding something in your mouth. How basic is that? It may not seem like a problem at all, but every time that you rely on your mouth to be able to hold something, you’re putting so much pressure on your mouth to be able to clench onto it that you may actually be putting too much strain on your dental bridge. That strain, if it is repeated several times a day every day as you work on that new exciting project, could end up having serious consequences on teeth, and your dental bridge could end up not supporting your teeth at all, but instead, cracking.

It would only take a small and simple change for you to be able to rectify this issue, and it’s putting things down when you don’t need them! Honestly, the small change in movement that comes with putting something down and then picking it up again really isn’t going to be that much more tiring, and you’ll be amazed at how your jaw doesn’t ache at the end of the day. Give your teeth a break, and make sure that your dental bridge doesn’t have to do more than should be expected of it.

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