Harmful habits that hurt your teeth!
All of us want healthy, pearly whites. However, knowingly or unknowingly, many of us end up with habits that are harmful to the teeth.
Chewing on ice
Many people love doing this and think it’s a harmless habit. However, hard, frozen cubes may chip or even crack your teeth. It can even irritate the soft tissue in the mouth and leave you with awful toothaches.
Tongue piercings may be harmless but if you accidentally bite it, your teeth may get broken. Lip piercing too runs the risk of gum damage which can result in tooth loss. Piercings up your chances of infections and sores as well.
We bet that this is one thing that you would never suspect would affect your teeth. After taking a cough drop, ensure that you brush your teeth well. The sugar reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth and then the bacteria create an acid that eats away tooth enamel.
While most sugary treats are bad for the treat, gummies are real big culprits. They stick to the teeth, and what happens is that the sugar and resulting acids stay in contact with your enamel for hours. This is quite harmful for your teeth.
Did you know that sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving? Besides this, they are filled with phosphoric and citric acids that can eat away tooth enamel. You might think that diet sodas are better but in fact, they are worse! They may be sugar-free but they have more acid due to the artificial sweeteners.
Stop opening stuff with your teeth
Opening bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth can chip and crack them. Instead, keep scissors and bottle openers handy to ensure that your teeth stay safe!
Snacking generates less saliva than a meal and this leaves food bits in your teeth for hours longer. Do not snack very frequently. Choose healthy snacks that are low in sugar and starch such as carrot sticks.