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5 Surprisingly Damaging Habits to Teeth

5 Surprisingly Damaging Habits to Teeth

Brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, regularly visit your dentist and have a good, balanced diet. All of those things are going to protect you from damaging your teeth and enamel. However, here are some surprising ways we’re damaging our teeth:

1. Lack of water

Skip the energy drinks, flavoured sports waters and ice teas if you want to dodge cavities. Instead, drink H2O. Not only is it good to hydrate your body, but it’s good to hydrate your mouth. A dry mouth can be an environment where it’s easier for bacteria to cause cavities. Fluoride is found in tap water and some bottled water and can ward off tooth decay.

2. Heavy brushing

Go easy on your chompers, please. Brushing aggressively can abrade our teeth. Not only can it strip the teeth of their enamel, promoting cavities and decay, but it can also cause the gums to recede. That doesn’t look very nice, but it also exposes the roots. Think of brushing as a massage for your teeth and gums – gentle strokes will do the trick.

3. Consuming acidic food or drinks

People who have acid reflux or drink lemon water can expect to see damage to their teeth. So often, acidity is overlooked. Acidic foods can strip the teeth of their natural enamel – the protective coating that blocks cavities and tooth decay. Citric fruits and fruit juices, sparkling water with lemon and even certain salad dressings are so acidic that they can cause the tooth’s enamel to erode.

4. Thumb sucking

It sounds innocent, but thumb sucking is considered a trauma. The habit pushes on the upper palate, forcing permanent teeth to move or spread apart. And it’s a hard one to break. That’s why it’s important kids see the dentist by age 1 or when the first teeth appear. Dentists can talk to parents about proper dental care and ways to break the habit, such as using praise when a child doesn’t suck his or her thumb rather than criticism when they do, or encouraging the child to limit their thumb sucking to bedtime rather than all day.

5. Smoking

This is a given. Smoking has proven health consequences – like increasing the risk for oral cancer and respiratory conditions – and that extends to teeth. The chemicals found in tobacco can really create some very stubborn stains, plus create bad breath. Huffing on cigarettes also increases plaque and bacteria, which can lead to gum disease. That’s not good when you consider gum disease is the most common cause for tooth loss, according to The American Dental Association suggests trying to quit smoking by exercising, chewing gum and staying occupied.

Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!

Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family.

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