Cell phones are becoming more amazing by the day. While they can certainly offer you amazing advances in technology, a way to stay connected, and even some benefits for your oral health, they can also pose some threats. Never thought that talking on the phone or checking your email could lead to problems for your smile? Consider some possibilities, so you’ll think twice next time you reach for your cell.
#1: Jaw Strain
The last thing you likely think about when you’re on the phone is your jaw. However, think about the way you hold the phone when you talk. Do you attempt to balance it against your shoulder? Do you lie in bed with it pressed against your face? If you’re moving your jaw into an awkward position as you talk, you might be straining that joint and surrounding muscles, which can contribute to the oral health disorder called TMJ disorder. Do your best to hold the phone at your ear with your hand.
#2: Ingesting Germs
Remember that you place your cell phone just about everywhere, which means it’s a hotbed of germ activity! Unfortunately, this may not bode well for your oral health and your overall health. Whether you accidentally touch the phone with your lips or if you touch your phone and then touch your mouth, you may be ingesting stuff you don’t want in your body! Practice caution and do your best to keep your phone clean.
#3: Bright Lights, Poor Sleep
If you suffer from sleep apnea, the last thing you want to do is disrupt your ability to fall asleep. Unfortunately, looking at your bright phone screen when you get into bed can do just that. Skip this temptation for easier slumber.
Protect Yourself With Helpful Tips
Receive all the tips and advice you need for a healthy smile when you come in for your preventive care. Schedule an appointment with DentaCare Dental in Tyler, TX today by calling (903) 215-8223.