4 Habits That Can Harm Your Teeth (And How to Get Rid of Them)
Most of the time proper teeth care is not enough to prevent dental disease. There is a list of bad habits, that you might have and even not be aware of, that can ruin your healthy teeth for sure.
1. Eating too many sweets
Constantly snacking on sweets or eating candy at night and avoiding brushing your teeth can lead to dental plaque formation. Which can cause two problems at once:
- Chemical destruction of teeth. Sugar transforms into acid in your mouth. It can dissolve fluoride, calcium and other minerals that are good for the enamel. Your enamel gets vulnerable in the result and is penetrated by bacteria that cause caries;
- Reproduction of bacteria. If you eat a piece of cake at night and neglect brushing your teeth, the food residue will create a breeding ground for cavities bacteria. Bacteria will actively multiply in your mouth, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Toffees are especially dangerous. These candies constantly tear-off fillings, and sometimes even crowns. It is better to avoid toffees if you have problems with your teeth.
Consider buying an oral foam if you cannot brush your teeth right after a sweet snack. This product is better than mouthwash. Most mouthwashes contain aggressive antiseptics, so they can not be used often. If you will use them often it may harm the oral microflora.
Oral foam is less aggressive, and there’s no need to rinse your mouth with water after using it. The enzymes contained in the foam can destroy plaque and normalize the pH in the mouth. And it will help to get rid of unpleasant odors too.
2. Chewing gum for too long
Chewing gum can be both healthy and harmful. If you chew sugar-free gum for 2-5 minutes, it will make the pH of the oral cavity less acidic, so it is even recommended as an additional oral hygiene product. But usually, people chew for much longer - tens of minutes or even hours. This tires the chewing muscles and increases the load on the joint. It also leads to tooth implant problems and causes tooth fillings to wear out and break away faster.
Choose sugar-free gum and chew it for no longer than 5 minutes. Chewing gum is useful if you have just eaten a meal.
3. Brushing your teeth incorrectly
You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes 2 times a day. Most people usually brush their teeth just for show, so that plaque remains on it even after the cleaning. It accumulates especially quickly in areas that are hard to reach.
Control the quality of your teeth brushing. Try special disclosing tablets to make dental plaque visible. You will be able to see the plaque that you’ve missed during brushing - it will turn a darker color. Hard to reach areas need to be paid special attention to, or cavities will start to form there eventually.
4. Drinking too much soda
Soda is a weak acid that very quickly creates an acidic pH in your mouth. This can damage the teeth enamel. Sweetened soft drinks can damage your teeth even faster.
If you can't refuse it at least try to take small sips of clean water after drinking soda. This will help reduce the acidic pH.
The bottom line
These are some of the most threatening habits that can affect your teeth in a bad way. So mind your brushing technique, avoid eating too many sweets and chew sugar-free gum only. Always visit your dentist in case of any problems with your teeth. It is crucial to keep your smile in a good shape for many years to come.