Top Things That May Be Hurting Your Teeth
At Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead we’re big on preventative dentistry, including regular dental exams in Glendale, cleanings and x-rays. Dr. Ceyhan is one Arizona dentist in Glendale that wants to help you maintain your oral health. Following are some things that you may not realize can damage your teeth and leave you in need of a smile makeover. While some of these habits can do immediate damage to your teeth, the effects of others can accumulate over time until you find yourself in need of a smile makeover in Glendale.
Crunching ice is a common habit. You may not realize that your teeth are designed to chew through food, not to crunch up against something as hard as ice. Crunching ice is a common cause of chipped, or even fractured teeth. This is doubly true for any teeth that are already weakened by fillings. Think about it, your blender may even have a hard time crushing ice.
Consuming Acidic Foods and Drinks
Consuming acidic foods or drinks, such as those containing citrus fruits, tomatoes, or soda pop, contribute to softening your tooth enamel. Many people are unaware of how frequently they expose their teeth to such things. They mistakenly think that diet soda pop won’t damage their teeth, but the acid is still there. Another common mistake is drinking ice water with a slice of lemon and then chewing on the lemon. Repeated exposure to these substances can erode your tooth enamel.
Don’t think immediately brushing your teeth after exposure to acidic substances will help. Instead it will cause further damage to brush your enamel while it is in a softened state. Drinking plain water (no lemon) can help wash away some of the acids. Wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.
One more thing not to brush your teeth immediately after exposure to is vomit. Eew! It may be a gross subject, but vomiting exposes teeth to damaging acids. Try to get by with rinsing your mouth with water, using mouthwash, or chewing sugarless gum until 30 minutes have passed, allowing your enamel the chance to reharden.
Colds and allergies can leave you with an irritating cough. Many people find relief by sucking on cough drops or hard candy. Despite the relief they bring, most cough drops contain large amounts of sugar. Eating sugary foods is known to contribute to tooth decay and since cough drops and hard candy are kept in the mouth for several minutes, you are exposing your teeth to high levels of sugar over long periods of time. Choose sugar free cough drops and hard candy for the sake of your smile.