Few of us purposefully engage in habits and activities that can damage our teeth and gums. Most of the time, it’s blind ignorance that leads to problems that only a dentist can fix. In this two part article series, the Colorado Springs cosmetic dentist shall be lifting the lid on habits that could be ruining your pearly whites!
Habits Endangering The Teeth
Anything that comes loaded with sugar is bad for your teeth because they encourage bacteria to thrive in your mouth. But sticky, gummy candies are especially evil because they stubbornly stick into the small spaces, cracks, and cusps of your teeth. Only a thorough brush can remove this candy, making it a prime cavity-causing agent. If you have a sweet tooth, chocolate is better because it’s less likely to stick in your teeth.
Baby Bedtime Bottles
You wouldn’t go to bed with a sugary sweet in your mouth. So why would you let your tot fall asleep with a bottle in theirs? Overnight, their baby teeth are left to sit in a sugary bath, which encourages milk teeth decay. Feed your child and then gently clean their teeth and gums before bedtime.
Trendy, yes… good for your teeth? No! Tongue rings can’t only chip and crack your teeth if you accidentally bite down on them – but they also make it difficult for you to brush your tongue, keeping it clear of bacteria. Lip rings can also chip away at your dental enamel, and if they rub against the gums, they can cause infection and irreparable damage.
Teeth Grinding Or Bruxism
If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth at night, have your dentist fit a mouth guard to prevent you from fracturing your teeth and wearing down your dental enamel.
Carbonated beverages, high in acid and sugar (phosphoric and citric) should be enjoyed once in a while and not like a daily thirst-quencher. Even diet sodas lead to greater plaque production, so opt for a glass of cold water if you’re feeling thirsty. It’s a much smarter choice.
Using Your Teeth As Tools
Your teeth were never intended to force open containers, tear packaging or open bottles. Using them as tools is an abuse that can lead to cracking and chipping.
There’s nothing quite like an ice-cold energy drink after a good session on the field, but getting into the habit of drinking them after every workout could be dangerous to your oral health. Sports drinks are exceptionally high in acid and sugar. If you want to stay hydrated, drink water: it’s calorie-free!