They might seem resilient, but your teeth can suffer damage in ways you might not expect.
Once your natural teeth become stained or worn down, or infection sets in, you have a problem on your hands. Avoid the common mistakes listed below, and keep your natural teeth healthy and your smile bright.
You’re Addicted to Fruit Smoothies
If you’re on a health kick, you’re probably juicing fresh fruits and vegetables, or blending them for a morning smoothie. If this is a daily habit, you could be ruining your tooth enamel without even knowing it.
Surprisingly, juice has more sugar than soda, and smoothies with multiple fruits blended in have even more. These also contain acids, and the combination of sugar and acid spells trouble for tooth enamel.
You don’t have to forego your daily smoothie ritual, but you can reduce the chance that you’ll harm your pearly whites by consuming the smoothie or fresh juice through a straw. Don’t spend all morning sipping away. Drink the entire concoction quickly, then rinse your mouth with water.
You Take Teeth Whitening Too Seriously
No, teeth whitening doesn’t damage your teeth, but if you do it over and over it can definitely lead to enamel erosion, making your teeth highly sensitive and more susceptible to decay and infection.
If you undergo professional whitening, you can use at-home whiteners to maintain the brightness, but don’t try to make your smile unnaturally white. You can irritate and damage your teeth, and the whiteness will look fake anyway — it’s not worth it.
You Use Teeth as a Bottle Opener
Cracking open a bottle of soda or beer with your teeth is not recommended. Even if you’re aware this can cause damage, you might be surprised to find that just biting open a bag of snacks can be too much pressure too.
The top of each tooth is sharp, but it is also the thinnest part. You can fracture or crack your teeth easier than you might think, so use your teeth to chew food and that’s it.
You Brush with Too Much Vigor
Don’t scrub too vigorously when you brush your teeth. Your tooth enamel can be worn away if you treat it too roughly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle, circular motions rather than scrubbing back and forth. Otherwise, your gums may recede and leave you with painful tooth sensitivity.
You can avoid damage to your teeth by taking the proper precautions and using the right cleaning techniques, but if you suffer injuries or need repair, trust Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for caring, personalized treatment.