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Posts for tag: Mistakes that can ruin teeth


  1. Chomping on ice - this can chip away at fragile tooth enamel. It can also crack teeth already
    weakened from restoration work.
  2. Putting teeth through a temperature roller coaster - Eating hot and then cold foods won't damage
    teeth, but can cause sensitivity with this combo as the hot temp expands your tooth enamel and
    the cold temp contracts it. Keep in mind that a shooting or sharp pain while eating or drinking
    is a sign of a much greater problem such as a cracked tooth or advanced decay—this isn't
    something you should ignore.  
  3. Chewing pencils - This can cause stress fractures to your teeth
  4. Reaching for certain drinks – Sports drinks, soda and wine can stick to your teeth and
    erode enamel.
  5. Avoid sticky candies and dried fruit - These can not only dislodge fillings but they can
    get stuck in and around your teeth which makes them even more likely to cause decay.
  6. Aiming for the whitest smile - Over bleaching and over whitening can end up being
    quite damaging to our teeth. It can lead to enamel loss and therefore prompt permanent
    tooth sensitivity.
  7. Using your teeth to rip things open - It's tempting to use your teeth to nibble your nails,
    rip price tags off clothing, or open a bag of chips, but you're putting your teeth at risk.
    You can chip your teeth doing this.
  8. Not using proper tongue “posture” - By keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth,
    you'll discover that you don't clench as much. In fact, if your tongue rests properly it can
    help you relax your jaw
  9. Grinding at night – grinding and clenching your teeth can lead to serious misalignment
    of your teeth and even tooth lose. You may need to wear a mouth guard at night.
  10. Opting for the hardest tooth brush - the goal is to use a soft brush since a rough brush
    may prompt abrasion or damage your gums and can literally wear away at the tooth
    surface and destroy tooth enamel and gum tissue creating extreme tooth sensitivity.
  11. Chewing bubble gum - If you're a gum chewer always opt for a sugar-free variety
    and reap the benefits.  Your mouth will produce more saliva, a natural defense against
    the acid that eats away at tooth enamel.
  12. Brushing right after meals - our teeth are weakest immediately after eating, especially
    if the meal includes acidic foods and drinks. Since it can take 30 to 45 minutes for the
    saliva to re-mineralize and harden the tooth enamel again, wait a bit before brushing your teeth.
  13. Skipping the water - It's not just good for your overall health, but drinking plenty of
    water throughout the day helps your teeth stay hydrated too. We use 1.5 liters of saliva daily.
    Drinking plain old water is the simplest way to help replenish it. Tip: If you're going to drink
    water with lemon, rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards to try and wash away the acidity
    from your teeth.
  14. Daily Juicing - Juicing is an excellent way to load up on nutrients from fruits and vegetables,
    but freshly pressed juices are typically loaded with sugar which can lead to tooth decay and
    erosion. Try to stick to juices made mostly of vegetables, which contain less sugar
  15. Vaping - Despite the lack of tar, this popularized alternative to cigarette smoking still has
    incredibly harmful effects on the mouth as nicotine is a vasoconstrictor which, in short,
    restricts blood flow to the gums and can kill the gum tissue causing noticeable tissue and
    bone loss in the mouth and around the teeth.