We get one set of teeth for a lifetime. Are you protecting yours? Beyond brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for routine cleanings, there are habits you may be engaging in everyday that could be ruining your pearly whites. Do not let these common yet harmful habits undo your hygiene efforts.
- You have heard this before, but yes, sugar is in fact bad for your teeth. Sticky sugars like candy or gummies are the worst form since they easily adhere to the tooth’s surface, eventually destroying your tooth’s enamel. It might be unrealistic to completely eliminate sugar. If you do indulge, just make sure you brush your teeth right away or at least rinse with water so the sugar does not sit on your teeth for a long period of time.
- It is a simple fact here. Smoking and chewing tobacco can wreak havoc on your dental health. Nicotine can yellow the teeth’s enamel and increase your risk for periodontal disease and oral cancer.
- Milk and water are a tooth’s friend. However, acidic beverages and sugared drinks are quite the enemy. Sodas, whether Diet or regular, are highly acidic and will eat away at your tooth’s enamel. Alcoholic beverages such as wine can also damage your teeth. Fruit juices sound healthy but they often carry a high sugar content that invite cavities quickly.
- Exercise and team sports are very beneficial to your overall health. However, if you are neglecting to protect your teeth during contact sports, you are making a big mistake. According to a recent Illinois hospital study, almost 10 percent of all dental injuries are sports related. Your dentist can make your custom mouth guard or you can buy one at your local sporting goods store.
- Do you respond to stress by clenching or grinding your teeth? If so, you are at risk for tooth damage overtime. Most people that grind their teeth while sleeping are not even aware of it. Finding ways to lower your stress level or getting a nighttime mouth guard from your dentist can be your answer to effectively stop your grinding habit and save your teeth.
It is very important to save your teeth before it’s too late. Did you know that 25% of Americans ages 65 and older have lost all of their teeth? Fortunately, today there are many good options if the damage is already done. Group Health Dental offers comprehensive restorative dentistry and tooth replacement options such as dentures, dental implants, partials and bridges.