To keep your teeth healthy, you need to clean them twice a day, rinse them after meals, and go to the dentist twice a year. And quit these habits.
1. Play sports without protection
You won’t play hockey without a helmet, will you? Or Boxing without a mouth guard? If you are engaged in any contact sport, do not start without special protection for your teeth. Never neglect your equipment. Otherwise, your teeth will be one of the five million that break every year on sports grounds.
Compare how much protection costs and how much new teeth, and make the right choice.
Wear protection if you are engaged in the following sports: Boxing, wrestling, hockey, football, basketball, American football, water Polo, skateboarding, Rugby. In fact, the list may be larger. Special protective equipment saves not only the teeth,but also the tongue, gums and cheeks from biting during sports.
2. Get involved in tongue piercing
Dentists don’t like tongue piercings and all those hard metal rods, and here’s why:
- Piercing can damage the tooth and even split it.
- Piercing can create pressure on the gums, through which the gums become thinner (so that even the tooth can be lost) and become more sensitive.
- There are millions of bacteria in your mouth. Through jewelry, they multiply faster, creating an unhealthy environment.
- The piercing can be bitten, and if there are stones in it, they can crumble.
- A puncture can cause inflammation, and if it causes edema, you will have difficulty breathing.
- Some metals in jewelry cause allergies.
- Through piercing, the nerves in the tongue can be damaged, so that it will stop listening. This is usually a temporary phenomenon.
- The piercing can affect x-ray images of the teeth.
3. Eat are jelly candies
Everyone knows about the sugar through which caries develops. But some sweets are more dangerous than others. Those that stick to the teeth, for example, are very harmful. If the jelly particles get stuck between the teeth, it is not so easy to get them out, and saliva will not be able to help. In addition to jelly, caramels, dried candied fruits, and marmalade are also dangerous. But they are all available in versions with sugar substitutes, and in extreme cases, you can just brush your teeth after you fill up with sweet.
4. Treat cough with lollipops
They ease coughing and reduce sore throats, but if you have caries, then lollipops make it worse, because most of them are full of sugar. By constantly dissolving these candies, we create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria that destroy teeth and gums in the mouth. When choosing lollipops, look at the composition and look for options without sugar.
5. Gnash your teeth
In fact, many of us grind our teeth at night. This phenomenon is called bruxism, it is the fault of heredity or anxiety and stress. Usually grind their teeth in their sleep, but sometimes this is manifested during wakefulness.
In General, this is a safe condition, but it can damage the teeth: thinning the enamel, which will lead to tooth loss.
Many do not even know that they grind their teeth in their sleep. But if in the morning for some unknown reason the throat, ears, head aches, if you feel an overstrain of the jaw, and why the teeth crumble and fall out, then perhaps it is bruxism that is to blame.
If the cause is stress, then you need to solve this issue with psychologists, and the dentist will only advise protection for the teeth and changing the position in bed.
6. Drink carbonated water
Sugar and acids are a killer combination for enamel. Even if there is a sweetener in the lemonade, there is still an acid that destroys the enamel and leads to tooth sensitivity.
It is better not to drink carbonated water for at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth, and if you drink often, then through a straw.
7. Open bottles and packages with your teeth
Teeth are made for eating and smiling! It is not recommended to use it for other purposes. Teeth are not knives, openers, or scissors. Therefore, you need to open packages, bottles, cut threads and hold items with special tools, otherwise you can break your teeth.
8. Drink fruit juices
They are, of course, more useful than soda, but they are also full of sugar. About the same as in lemonade. So wash down fruit juices with water, so as not to leave all the sugar in your mouth.
9. There are potato chips
Thin chips are first broken into small pieces that fit between the teeth, and then under the influence of saliva stick to them. As the effect of gummy candy. These stuck pieces of food are fertile soil for growing bacterial plaque, so at least rinse your mouth after a snack.
10. Constantly snacking
As already clear, if you constantly chew something, you will have to constantly rinse your mouth or brush your teeth so that food does not get stuck between your teeth. But often wielding a brush is also a dubious occupation, which will not be useful, but can increase the sensitivity of the teeth. It is better to regulate food intake and snack on hard fruits and vegetables that help to brush your teeth. For example, apples or carrots.
11. Chewing pencils and pens
Often people chew the tip of a pencil or pen when they are worried or trying to concentrate. This can damage your teeth or gums. Try to relieve tension in harmless ways. For example, chewing gum without sugar will do.
12. Drink a lot of coffee
Your favorite morning Cup of coffee, unfortunately, can harm your teeth. Through caffeine, there is a feeling of dryness in the mouth, lack of saliva leads to the development of caries. And if you drink coffee with sugar, this process will accelerate.
13. To smoke
Need another reason to quit Smoking? You are welcome. Tobacco also dries the oral mucosa and increases the amount of plaque on the teeth. And smokers often have periodontitis. Also, Smoking increases the risk of cancer of the throat or lip, and in General tumors in the oral cavity.
14. Drink red wine
Remember how difficult it is to wash a stain of red wine from a white tablecloth. Now imagine what this drink does to your teeth.
Three components of red wine stain teeth:
- Chromogen, which gives a deep red wine color.
- Acid, which damages the enamel, so that the dyes easier to penetrate into the tooth.
- Tannins are substances that fix the dye in the enamel.
To prevent teeth from being painted, snack the wine with protein food (cottage cheese, for example), after a glass of wine, drink clean water or chew gum so that more saliva is released, which will wash away the paint.
Fortunately, traces of red wine do not last long.
15. Drink white wine
White wine doesn’t have strong colorants, but they can be in the food you eat. And tannins and acids, which in white wine, as in red, these same dyes will be fixed on the teeth. Just keep an eye on what you eat, and don’t forget that after eating foods with acids (that is, wine), you can’t brush your teeth for 30 minutes, so as not to destroy the enamel.
Compulsive overeating suggests that a person consumes a lot of sweets, sugar, fast food, and everything that contributes to the development of caries.
With overeating starts another eating disorder-bulimia, in which a person absorbs food without measure and causes vomiting. Since the contents of the stomach are acid, frequent vomiting causes the teeth and tissues around them to break down. Eating disorders are treated by specialists, and these are not dentists, but psychiatrists or psychotherapists.