Habits Posing Risks to the Teeth
Teeth serve many different functions such as chewing and speech. Some unhealthy habits may affect the health of your teeth and how they function.
– All-day snacking on sugary foods encourages growth of plaque bacteria and places the teeth at the risk of cavities
– Overly enthusiastic brushing of teeth may cause the erosion of tooth enamel leading to sensitivity.
– Nail biting is bad for your teeth and jaws. It could lead to chipped teeth.
Bruxism poses a serious health risk – ask your dentist to check your teeth and gums for any signs of clenching, as this condition can go undetected.
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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)
I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.
Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.
Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.
Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.
Special interest in Orthodontics.
Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.
I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.
Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).
I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.