7 Common Things to Stop Doing to Your Teeth If You Want to Keep Them Healthy
Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in our body. But despite its strength, our teeth can still be worn down. So since all of your baby teeth have already fallen out, you might want to think twice before you decide to open something with your teeth or to continue munching on that huge bag of tasty chips!
Bright Side has found some things that a lot of us do pretty often not realizing that they could affect our teeth in a harmful way.
1. Consuming a lot of dark products
Drinks like coffee, red wine, and black tea contain ingredients called tannins. They make color compounds stick to your teeth and, therefore, can lead to yellowing. Food like berries (blackberries, blueberries, and cherries), tomatoes, popsicles, and candy can also lead to staining.
2. Brushing wrong or too soon
- Don`t brush your teeth too hard. That can damage your teeth and gums and lead to tooth sensitivity.
- Going left to right isn’t enough. Here’s the correct way: Start from the gum, and go up and down in little circular, up-and-down motions. Do it for approximately 2 minutes and ensure that you also get the spots that are hard to reach.
- Don’t brush your teeth right after eating. Foods containing acid can weaken your enamel, so brushing could damage it and allow the acid to get even deeper into the teeth.
- Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing, as it washes away the fluoride that protects your teeth.
- Don’t use one toothbrush for too long. Change it at least every 3 to 4 months, otherwise it will be less effective once its bristles are frayed.
3. Using your teeth to rip and open things
Using your teeth as a tool to open a bottle of beer or to cut off a clothing tag might be convenient. But it`s definitely not good for your teeth, as it might fracture them and cause them to chip.
4. Having bad habits
- Biting your nails could damage your gums and cause your teeth to get chipped and even shift. Chewing on other non-edible objects, like pencils and pens, can also have a similar effect.
- Grinding can cause fractures, issues with your jaw, and even change the appearance of your face.
5. Flossing incorrectly
Flossing can help remove pieces of food and plaque, preventing gum disease. However, some people floss incorrectly, pushing plaque down underneath their gums. Another mistake is flossing with a sawing motion, which can damage the gums.
6. Constantly eating snacks
If you eat snacks frequently, the acid in the food has more time to be in contact with your teeth and damage them, causing cavities.
7. Whitening your teeth incorrectly or too often
The safest way to whiten your teeth is to go to a qualified dentist. If you decide to buy a bleaching product and do the procedure on your own, make sure that you know how to do it right. Otherwise your tooth sensitivity might increase and you might even burn your gums. Consult your dentist first, especially if you have any dental issues, like tooth decay or gum disease.
Do you do any of these things that can damage your teeth? Would you like to change some of your habits? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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