Avoid These Simple Mistakes That Can Damage Your Teeth
- Posted on: Jan 15 2016
You only get one set of adult teeth and you need them to last a lifetime. Don’t damage your teeth by making simple mistakes. Keep reading to learn about mistakes to avoid:
Using Your Teeth As Tools
Your teeth are great for biting and chewing food, but they aren’t built for being used as a bottle opener or tearing into bags. If you use your teeth as tools, you run the risk of chipping or cracking a tooth and causing permanent damage.
Brushing Too Hard
You know you should brush your teeth after each meal, but if you brush too hard, you could wear down your enamel (the important protective outer layer of your teeth). Instead of brushing harder, brush for longer. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and brush for at least two minutes.
Whitening Without The Help Of A Dentist
Using the wrong at-home whitener, or using one incorrectly, can permanently damage your enamel and leave your teeth more vulnerable to stains and other problems. If you want whiter teeth, consult your dentist. They may be able to recommend a safe over-the-counter product, but in most cases, your best option is to have your teeth professionally whitened. Your dentist may recommend an in office procedure, or you may be provided with custom at home whitening trays and a special solution.
Consuming Too Much Sugar And Acid
Sugary foods and beverages and acidic beverages are hard on your teeth. Sugar contributes to the buildup of bacteria, plaque, and tartar, while acid breaks down your enamel and leaves your teeth weaker. Limit your consumption of things like alcohol, candy, coffee, and sweet treats to keep your teeth healthier.
Avoiding The Dentist
Regular checkups and cleanings are key to keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Avoiding regular checkups means that small problems that could have been easily treated are allowed to get worse. Don’t avoid the dentist and risk long-term damage to your smile. Schedule a checkup to make sure your teeth are healthy.
To learn more about keeping your teeth healthy and avoiding mistakes, contact New Smiles.
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