From a young age, we are taught that brushing two- three times a day and flossing regularly is good for our teeth and oral hygiene. But merely cleaning your teeth is no longer enough to stop long-lasting damage, especially considering the average person’s lifestyle.
In order to prevent damage to your teeth, you have to be aware of daily habits which may be causing more harm than good. Drinking sugary drinks, too much tea and coffee, crunching ice cubes and getting mouth piercings are just a few habits which have a negative impact on your oral health.
The 6 worst things you can do for your teeth are:
- Eating boiled sweets- do you remember when you were a child and your parents would tell you if you ate too many sweets then your teeth would fall out? It’s true. Sucking boiled sweets exposes your teeth to a constant source of sugar. This will coat the teeth in plaque and encourage decay.
- Using your teeth as a tool- your teeth were made to chew food. When you use them to tear open food packets or to twist off bottle caps you are doing damage. There’s the potential of fracturing, chipping or cracking your teeth. In serious cases, a broken tooth will have to be permanently removed and replaced with a dental implant.
- Smoking- the big one. Tobacco products, whether it’s cigarettes or cigars permanently stain your teeth. Smoking also inevitably leads to gum disease. If you smoke, consider quitting or getting cessation help. Not only will you improve the quality and appearance of your teeth, you will also drastically improve your health, lowering your risk of a number of diseases.
- Drinking wine- wine contains chromogens, pigment-producing substances, which can stain teeth. These substances bind themselves to the dental enamel with the help of tannins found in red wine. After finishing a glass, drink a glass of water and swish is around your mouth to catch any lingering substances.
- Teeth grinding- or, to give it its proper name, bruxism, wears down teeth over time. It can be caused by high levels of anxiety or stress and can also occur during sleep. As a result, teeth grinding can be hard to control. Try new relaxation methods, or wearing a mouthguard at night. Your dentist will be able to identify early signs of teeth grinding and advise you on corrective action.
- Avoiding the dentist- you need to ensure you are having routine dental visits. It is recommended to visit your dentist twice a year for a check up. As well as cleaning your teeth, your dentist can detect early signs of gum disease, cavities, potential infections and offer advice on how to better care for your teeth. Early prevention is easier and cheaper than trying to fix damage already done.