If you think that brushing, flossing and avoiding too much sugar is all you need for perfect teeth, you are wrong. There are several ways in which you could be damaging your teeth!
We all want the perfect pearly whites, so we brush, floss, use whitening products, and mouthwashes for fresh breath and a Hollywood smile, but you could be actually damaging your teeth with your efforts to make them look better.
1. Beaching products
Beaching your teeth can lead to tooth sensitivity and irritation of your gums. Using excessively bleaching products can eventually make you face tooth pitting and nerve damage –let professionals do it for you.
2. Tongue piercing
Tongue piercings can lead to infection, chipping of the enamel and nerve damage.
What? Yes, it turns out that by decreasing the flow of saliva and causing dehydration, athletic activity can cause tooth erosion. Strenuous activity can also increase the chances of heartburn –gastroesophageal reflux– that can bathe your teeth in acid and cause damage.
Eating too much can cause gastroesophageal reflux and damage your teeth, especially if you overeat before going to bed as when you sleep salivation and swallowing are less frequent.
5. Soft drinks and sports drinks
Soft drinks, even the sugar-free ones, are acid enough to damage the surface of your teeth, add that to the sugar added to the non-diet ones and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Coffee and tea, or caffeinated beverages as sodas as well, can stain your teeth.
It causes dehydration and dry mouth and can eventually reduce the flow of saliva, this leads to tooth decay and other oral infections. Also, acidic cocktails can erode your teeth.
No matter the cause of vomiting –excessive alcohol consumption or eating disorders–, frequent vomiting leads to teeth erosion.
9. Drug consumption
Apart from causing serious health problems such as brain damage and stroke, methamphetamine leads to severe tooth decay and gum disease –it literally rots your teeth.
10. Not rinsing your mouth after eating certain foods
Sticky and sweet food like dried fruits and potato chips and pretzels packed with starch gets trapped in your teeth and lingers there for too long. Make sure you rinse your mouth with water, then brush and floss to minimize the damage.
Smoking is known to cause severe gum disease and can actually make your teeth fall out.
12. Acidic foods and drinks
Orange, lemon and vinegar-based salad dressings can lead to increased tooth erosion.
13. Worn out toothbrushes
You have to replace your toothbrush every 3 or four months if you want it to clean your teeth.
14. Brushing too hard
Gentle brushing keeps your teeth clean but won’t damage your gums.
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