13 Habits That Damage Your Teeth
Teeth are precious possessions, they are your chewing tools along with being beauty enhancing features. But unknowingly you are doing a lot of things that are detrimental to the health of your teeth.
1) Chewing on ice
Ice is sugar free and natural, and this may make people think that it is harmless. So, many people munch on hard, frozen cubes. There is a possibility that ice can chip or crack your teeth. Mindlessly chomping on it can irritate the soft tissue inside the tooth causing toothaches. Please stop this habit of chewing on ice, chew gum instead.
2) Grinding teeth
Teeth grinding also known as bruxism can wear your teeth down over time. The reason behind this is stress and improper sleeping habits. A lot of people grind their teeth in sleep. Avoiding hard foods during the day can reduce pain and damage. The fix for this problem is to wear a mouth guard at night to prevent damage.
3) Cough drops
Cough drops are sold in medical stores but this doesn’t mean that they are healthy. They are loaded with sugar just like most candies! Soon after you soothe your throat with a lozenge, make sure you brush your teeth well or else the sugar from it will cause tooth decay.
4) Gummy candy
All sugary goodies promote tooth decay but gummy candies stick to the teeth, keeping sugar and acids to stay in contact with your tooth enamel for hours. If you can’t do without gummy candies, we understand, there is a fix, have gummy candies while you have a meal rather than having it as a separate snack. This is because more saliva is produced during meals and this will help in rinsing away candy bits
5) Soft drinks
It is not just candy that is bad for you. Soft drinks have 11 teaspoons of sugar in a single serving along with phosphoric and citric acids which eat away the tooth enamel. So, avoid drinking soft drinks for the sake of your teeth.
6) Opening things with teeth
People usually open bottle caps, plastic packaging with teeth but this makes dentists cringe. Your teeth are only chewing tools and must be used for eating alone. Using them to open bottles can chip or crack them.
7) Sports drinks
After a good workout, having a cold sports drink is quite refreshing but you must be aware of the fact that they are usually high in sugar. Just like soft drinks, candy and other sweet stuff, sports drinks too contain sugar and drinking them frequently can cause tooth decay. Best is to have water to keep yourself hydrated at the gym.
8) Fruit juice
Fruit juice packed with vitamins and antioxidants, but the truth is that most juices are loaded with sugar. Some juices have as much sugar as a soft drink has. Fruits are naturally sweet, so try to have fruit juices without added sugar. The best is to have homemade fruit juice.
9) Chewing on pencils
Many chew on pencils while they concentrate on work. Just like munching on ice, this habit can also cause your teeth to chip or crack. Try chewing sugarless gum when you have an urge to chew on something. Chewing gum helps trigger the flow of saliva that makes teeth stronger and protects against acids that harm the enamel.
10) Snacking constantly
Avoid snacking too often and stick to snacks that have low amounts of sugar and starch. Choose carrot sticks instead of sticky candies. You see, when you snack, less amount of saliva is produced when compared that to a meal and this leaves food bits in your teeth for longer number of hours.
11) Drinking coffee
The dark colour of coffee causes yellowing of teeth. These stains get treated as there are many whitening methods. Your dentist will help you in treating discoloration of teeth.
Tobacco products and cigarettes can stain teeth and can cause oral cancer!
13) Drinking red wine and white wine
The acids in both red wine and white wine eat away the tooth enamel leading to cavities. Moreover, the deep pigment in red wine stains teeth. To fight the effects of red and white wine, swish your mouth after having your drink. You can also use a toothpaste that has a mild whitening agent.
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