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Bite

 
 
A correct bite is important for chewing, for proper pronunciation and, last but not least, for your appearance. A functionally stable bite means that there is correct and even pressure on the teeth and they are working harmoniously with the jaw muscles and joints. Most often, this is not the case – the condition is known as malocclusion. A misaligned bite is usually caused by an incorrect relation between the jaws and misaligned teeth. Even if the teeth are otherwise healthy, malocclusion can cause various diseases of the mouth and jaw joints. If you feel or worry that your bite is changing, we recommend a detailed bite analysis that will allay your fears or provide information for treatment.


WHAT CAN YOU DO TO MINIMISE TOOTH DAMAGE OR WEAR?

1. Before eating, cut your food into suitable pieces. If you have an unstable bite (crossbite), you will do less damage to the teeth if you bite and chew with less force. Large pieces of meat, fruit or vegetables require more muscle tension, causing more force to be exerted on the teeth. However, it is absolutely not recommended to process or blend your food. Teeth need basic exertion, as long as it is not excessive.

2. Do not use your teeth to open bottles, bite off adhesive tape or thread, crush nuts, etc.

3. Nail biting is not just a bad and unattractive habit, it also causes significant damage to the incisors, the canines and the jaw joint.

4. Chewing hard objects can also contribute to the wear and damage of dental surfaces.

5. Many people still believe that a toothpick is the best means of cleaning hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. We advise against using toothpicks, as they damage the gums.

6. Avoid food and beverages with low pH values. Soft drinks, energy drinks, vinegar and certain fruit such as apples, lemons and other citruses have the ability to erode tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the body. Once the enamel has been damaged, the wear of the dentine below will accelerate by 700%.

7. Reduce the amount of stress in your life. While stress does not directly contribute to the occurrence and development of teeth grinding at night, it has been scientifically proven that people under more stress clench and grind their teeth harder, more frequently and for longer periods of time.
 
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