Don’t Destroy Those Pearly Whites!

by Gabriella Patel on June 23, 2015

Generally, most of us know that brushing well and flossing daily will likely keep our teeth strong and healthy, lasting us for years to come. What many of us don’t know is the small things that may have an effect on keeping our teeth strong. Keeping your teeth in top condition long-term is difficult enough! Here are some things that you may have not thought of that could be destroying your teeth!

  1. Closeup of beautiful woman biting an ice cubeThe Swiss Army Knife

Do you tear open bags of potato chips, or twist off bottle caps with your teeth? Using your mouth in absence of a pair of scissors or a bottle opener might seem like a convenient shortcut, but it could actually land you in the dentist’s chair. There is the potential to fracture a tooth. If you’re using a back tooth, you could damage a filling or crown. Tooth chips, cracks, and fractures can create openings for tooth decay to take hold. In more serious cases, a broken tooth may have to be permanently removed, and replaced with a dental implant.

  1. Chewing Ice Cubes

Crunching ice cubes can chip away at the enamel of your teeth, or cause a tooth to break. And if your mouth has several fillings, an icy snack can be even more dangerous. A tooth with a filling has its strength compromised to a degree. If you chomp down on ice, it is possible that you could damage the tooth.

  1. Brushing Immediately After Eating Acidic Foods

If you’re consuming food and drink that is acidic (such as orange juice), it can contribute to a softening of tooth structure. If you immediately brush your teeth, the abrasion of the toothbrush on the softened enamel can cause some damage.

To avoid this risk, it is recommended to wait around 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. This time frame gives the saliva in your mouth a chance to wash away lurking food debris and acids. Just can’t wait 30 minutes? Chew sugarless gum! It will stimulate saliva production, and help freshen your breath until you can brush your teeth.

  1. Use a Mouth Guard!

It is common to see professional athletes in boxing, football, and hockey wearing mouth guards, but oral protection is also important for anyone participating in sports, particularly where it is possible to get hit in the mouth. Not sure if you need one? Keep this in mind: the cost of fixing damaged teeth will be considerably higher than the price of a mouth guard.

  1. Piercings

Facial piercings might be trendy, but health concerns that they spark are not. Stud or ring piercings can create complications such as infection, bleeding and swelling of the tongue, or nearby tissues. Tongue, cheek or lip jewelry can cause injury to adjacent teeth and mucosa (inside of cheeks, lips, and taste buds), including tooth fracture, and gum recession, which can lead to tooth loss. Individuals with jewelry around their mouth must be extra careful to avoid the damage that biting a piercing can cause, and should discuss how to manage it with a dentist.

Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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