When you think about hurting your teeth, most people think about things like eating candy, not brushing, or chewing gum. Although those are things that can in some ways be troublesome to your teeth, there are 3 more frequent “dental sins” that destroy smiles on an everyday basis.
Your hygienist isn’t joking when she tells you that you have to floss the teeth that you want to keep. Brushing physically cannot clean between the teeth, and if you’re not flossing then nothing is. When plaque builds up between the teeth, cavities form and gum disease triggers bone loss to occur. Eventually this bone loss will cause your teeth to fall out!
Drinking Diet Soda
Regular soda is bad for your smile. The acids and sugars inside of it coat the surfaces of your teeth and cause rampant tooth decay. Coincidentally, a lot of people jump to drinking diet soda, assuming that it’s healthier for them since it’s “free” of sugar. Although there are artificial sweeteners used, diet soda still contains sugars that cause acidic biofilm, and has a low pH level. What does that mean? Diet sodas cause just as much tooth decay as regular sodas do.
Opening Things With Your Teeth
Opening a beer bottle, prying open a bobby pin, or tearing open a package with your front teeth can cause abnormal wear or even chipping of the enamel. Take a few more seconds of your time and find a different way to get the job done (without your teeth!)
See your dentist twice each year for a check-up and cleaning. They will help you pinpoint areas that need more care, so that you can avoid everyday complications like cavities and gum disease.
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