You probably know that sodas and sugary snacks are bad for your teeth, but there are several things that may be damaging your teeth that could surprise you. Things like stress, juice, and the way you brush your teeth could all be harming your teeth without you even realizing it.
- Lemon water and citric juices. Fruit is thought of as “healthy”, (and certainly has its benefits), but citric fruits contain acids that can have serious and negative effects on the teeth. Liquids like lemon water, green juices, apple juice and orange juice can all damage and dissolve enamel and can be hard your teeth. Yet, these all DO have positive affect on your body. Try enjoying these beverages with a reusable straw. You can also follow these juices with cheese, milk, or yogurt to neutralize the pH in your mouth.
- Skipping the fluoride. Fluoride makes the tooth’s enamel stronger, yet many are concerned with having too much fluoride and choose to avoid it in tap water, toothpastes and mouth rinses. General and average use of toothpastes, rinses and tap water will NOT cause fluoride poisoning.
- Bad brushing technique. Brushing too aggressively and at the wrong angle can damage gums—and this can result in damage to the teeth. Talk to your dentist or hygienist about how to best brush your teeth.
- Home whitening. Home whitening kits left on too long, overly abrasive toothpastes, and “home remedies” such as baking soda or salt can damage the enamel of your teeth. If you would like to whiten and brighten your teeth, your dentist can provide an at-home or in-office option that is safe for your teeth.
- Colds, stress & anxiety. People with severe anxiety, stress can wear their teeth down by grinding at night. Colds can cause mouth-breathing with can dry the mouth, making teeth more prone to damage. When the enamel is worn, the dentine (the part of the tooth below the enamel) is exposed and wears down more quickly.
- Poor timing. If teeth are brushed after an acidic drink (orange juice or wine for example), this can cause the acid to be brushed against the teeth and cause damage. Waiting 30 minutes after acidic food and drinks will held guard the teeth.
- Not drinking enough water. Water is a neutral pH which washes away acids from foods and drinks but also keeps the mouth moist and the teeth protected. Be sure to keep water handy throughout the day to improve your oral health.
Everyday things can be harmful to your teeth. Watch out for the things that can cause issues over time and remember your every-day brushing and flossing routine—and you will be sure to have a bright and healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Contact us at Cottonwood Smiles in Cottonwood to make your appointment today.