Habits That Can Damage Your Teeth
You may assume that your routine brushing and flossing habits are at their best, but some seemingly innocent habits might actually be damaging your teeth. Unfortunately, some of these could leave you getting a less-than-clean bill of health at your next dental cleaning and exam with Dr. Frame. Recognizing these potentially problematic habits and changing them can help you keep your teeth strong, healthy and beautiful for many more years.
1. Brushing right after you eat
Brush after meals is what the dentist recommends, but you do need to wait a certain amount of time before you do. While brushing right after sounds like it would be a good idea, it will actually damage your teeth. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid, which softens the enamel on your teeth. When you brush softened enamel, the bristles of your toothbrush can actually scratch it, which allows the acid to reach even further into the tooth’s structure. You could be looking at eroded enamel or cavities a lot quicker if you keep using this habit. Instead, wait about 30 minutes to brush your teeth. This gives your saliva more time to neutralize those acids.
2. Slurping smoothies
Smoothies can be full of muscle-building protein and nutrient-packed fruits, but they also tend to have both sugar and acid in them. Both of these bi-products can erode teeth and increase the amount of plaque. Cut back on the smoothies if possible, and always use a straw to keep the sticky liquid from contacting your teeth. When you are done with your smoothie, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to dilute the acids.
3. Drinking too much wine
One or two glasses of wine a day can be good for your heart, but wine is high in acids and sugar. Acid and sugar are both known to erode enamel and increase the risk of tooth decay. Wine will also quickly stain the teeth. For the best results, rinse your mouth with water after you indulge, and use a wine wipe to whisk away stains before they have a chance to settle in permanently. You may also need periodic teeth whitening treatments.
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