Ways You are Destroying Your Teeth

You brush your teeth at least twice a day, never forget to floss and see Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara, at least two times a year for checkups and cleanings. You are doing plenty to keep your teeth healthy, but could you still be destroying them unintentionally? Unfortunately, many people have tooth-damaging habits that are threatening their dental health. If you have any of the following habits, you may be damaging your teeth.

1. Brushing too soon after meals
Brushing three times a day is preferred, but you should wait about half an hour after meals, which gives your saliva an opportunity to dilute the acids in your mouth. If you brush too soon, the scrubbing motion of your toothbrush could scratch your enamel.

2. Using your teeth as tools
Whether you have a package to tear open or a bottle to open, using your teeth can seem easier than reaching for the proper tools, but you may be risking your teeth, which could crack or break.

3. Failing to protect your teeth
Mouth guards can protect your teeth in many ways. If Dr. Frame recommends a mouth guard for athletic purposes or because you grind your teeth, wear it according to his suggestions to better protect your smile.

4. Drinking acidic beverages
Soda, sports drinks and fruit juices are high in acid and sugar. Drink water or other unsweetened, non-acidic beverages instead.

5. Drinking bottled water
Tap water contains fluoride, which helps remineralize teeth and interferes with bacterial reproduction, while bottled water does not. Choose tap water whenever possible.

Contact us today to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Frame.

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