In the 24 hours of your day, how many times do you think about your teeth? Many people don’t consider them as high-maintenance body parts. We tend to believe that as long as we brush regularly, our teeth will be fine.
However, this is where most people are wrong. You may be slowly peeling away the enamel of your teeth without even realizing it. How possible is that?
Here are some activities that most people do which could cause serious damage to the teeth.
- EATING ACIDIC FOODS
The most common acidic foods are citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, grapefruits, and When you drink at a club and chew on these citrus fruits after every shot, you’re wearing down the enamel of your teeth. Acid causes the enamel to become porous, allowing bacteria to enter easily into the dentin. The best way to help control this is by rinsing the teeth with water every time you eat anything acidic.
- BRUSHING AFTER EATING ACIDIC FOODS
What’s worse than eating acidic foods? Brushing afterward. Not many people know about this as a major While the enamel is porous, brushing can wear it away easily and make it thinner, reducing the natural protection of the dentin. What you should do is drink water first and wait for half an hour for the enamel to remineralize before brushing your teeth. Make this a habit not only after eating acidic foods but after eating anything. Some foods may contain high levels of acid without you knowing it.
- DRINKING BOTTLED WATER
Bottled water undergoes a filtration process which removes most of the minerals in it, including fluoride and this mineral helps in strengthening the teeth. Apart from that, bottled water is more acidic than tap water. Tap water undergoes extensive cleansing without eliminating minerals, and it’s also fluoridated which makes it a better choice for drinking.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism can wear teeth down over time. Stress and sleeping habits most often cause this making it hard to control. Avoiding hard foods during the day can reduce pain and damage from this habit. Wearing a mouth guard at night can prevent the damage caused by grinding while sleeping.
- FRUIT JUICES
Fruit juice is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, but unfortunately, most juices are also loaded with sugar. Some juices can have as much sugar per serving as soda. For example, there are only ten more grams of sugar in orange soda than in orange juice. Fruits are naturally sweet, so look for juice that has no added sugar. You can also reduce the sugar content by diluting juice with some water.
- EATING SUGARY FOODS
A lot of foods are loaded with sugar: dried fruits, candies and even breath mints. Sugar is the primary food of bacteria and helps them thrive. What makes this worse is that sweet and sugary foods are usually sticky, making it easier for them to coat the entire tooth surface and trap bacteria between the teeth and gums. Go for sugar-free alternatives to prevent this from happening, but if you have a sweet tooth, make sure you rinse with water and brush thoroughly after eating.
- BRUSHING TOO VIGOROUSLY
While brushing regularly is the best way to keep teeth healthy, brushing too hard can backfire. Same goes if you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush. These can wear away your enamel just like acidic foods do. You should have a soft grip when brushing and always incline at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline. Don’t brush like you’re trying to rip your teeth off. Instead, use soft strokes and take more time. It’s more effective to brush softly but thoroughly in between teeth. Brush for two minutes for maximum coverage.
- USING THE TEETH FOR OTHER THINGS BESIDES EATING
Do you bite your nails? Do you rip open food packaging using your teeth? Or maybe you bite a bottle cap to twist it open? Your teeth weren’t made to do these things. Your teeth are meant to help us do three things: Chew food, speak properly, and look better when we smile. Teeth are not pliers, they are not hooks. Use nail clippers on your nails, get a scissor to open food packaging and use a nutcracker to twist a bottle cap. In other words, use the right tools for every activity: not your teeth!
- USING TOOTHPICKS
This is a shocker: toothpicks harm teeth?! Unfortunately, they do. When you scrape the teeth using toothpicks, you also scrape off some enamel. Toothpicks can hurt the gums because of their pointed ends. It’s more advisable to use dental floss for removing food residue stuck between the teeth.
Cigarette, as well as other tobacco products, can stain teeth and cause them to fall out as a result of gum disease. Tobacco can also cause cancer of the mouth, lips, and tongue. If you are looking for more reason to quit, think of your smile.
- EATING ACIDIC FOODS
It’s not that you can’t ever do these things, but you need to be more aware of how often you do them and how they affect your teeth. If you have any questions or concerns about your teeth and whether some of your habits are damaging your teeth and gums, calls us today!