Bad habits that can hurt your teeth
by: Dental Assistant Team
Chewing on ice, pencils or hard object; we've all had a bad habit at one time or another, right? But did you know that opening packages with your teeth, even a slim little plastic pouch can crack a tooth or chip it? Use your hands or scissors instead!
Body modifications can also be your teeth's enemy. A tongue piercing for instance can easily lead to cracking a tooth and other accidents and complications. Another concern with tongue piercing is the plaque buildup on the metal. Remember, plaque is the enemy of healthy teeth!
Of all the sources of bad habits, food and drink habits are probably the worst. Beverages such as soda, sports drinks, or sweet drinks of any kind are especially bad for your teeth. Soda contains as much as 11 teaspoons of sugar as well as phosphoric and citric acids. It is important to note that diet soda might have less sugar, however its acid content is usually higher than that of regular soda, which makes soda, diet or otherwise, a lose-lose situation for your teeth!
Fruit juices are heavily advertised as "healthy", however let's not forget that they are full of sugar too! Even if you drink organic fruit juice, as far as your teeth are concerned, you are still drinking a sugary drink.
Starches are a big concern as well since they turn into sugars, we need to keep an eye out for those as well and consume them in moderation.
The frequency of food intake is also bad for your teeth. Food binging and snacking can also leads to cavities if you don't adapt your dental care routine accordingly.
Not all urban legends are false. Eating candy for instead does indeed pose a problem for your teeth. Sucking on candy, lozenges or any type of chewable supplement can leave a film on your teeth called plaque. If you suck on those all day, you are building plaque.
Coffee and wine are bad habits that are known to be a problem for your teeth, but there are other colorful foods and drinks that should be consumed carefully such as blueberries and other foods containing color. The worst probably being tobacco which stains and darkens the enamel of your teeth (in addition to causing early tooth decay and gum disease).
So, if you cannot kick these habits completely, remember to drink water to wash away any residue of your bad habits, and brush your teeth. This will help slow down the staining process and the negative impact of your bad habits.
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Article date: Aug. 30 2013
Type: Home Dental Care
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County