Habits That Could Damage the Teeth
A healthy lifestyle is a great way to keep your teeth and gums at their best, but not all seemingly healthy habits are good for your smile. Drs. Elyson and Assili offer tips that can help you avoid damaging your teeth and keep your body and smile strong and healthy.
Some of the most damaging habits include:
- Brushing right after you eat
Although you do need to brush at least two times a day or after meals, brushing right after you eat can lead to enamel damage. Acids from bacteria and from your foods and drinks can soften the enamel on your teeth, and when you brush, the bristles can push the acid even deeper into the enamel and cause more damage. Brushing after meals is still a good idea. Just wait about 30 to 60 minutes after eating to give your saliva time to neutralize the acids.
- Drinking fruit juice or fruit smoothies
Juice and fruit-filled smoothies are cool, sweet ways to get more vitamins in your daily routine, but these drinks tend to be high in sugar and acid, which can break down the enamel on your teeth. You don’t have to avoid all juice or smoothies, but use a stray when you do indulge your habit and rinse thoroughly with water when you’re done.
- Sipping wine
Wine has been linked to heart health, but unwinding with a glass of wine could lead to stained teeth and enamel erosion. Pair your wine with cheese to protect your teeth and swish with water when you are done to dilute the acid in your mouth.
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