We all know that poor nutrition and bad habits can affect your health, it can compromise your immune system and make you susceptible to infections and other problems. One of these problems is gum disease. Here are 6 habits that are ruining your teeth.
1. Coffee and Tea
We all grab for that hot cup of joe first thing in the morning, but habitual tea and coffee drinkers can have problems with their teeth. Both will stain your teeth and get into the grooves of your enamel. You not only end up with stained teeth but you can have a mouth full of bacteria that causes decay. If you can, then add milk to your drink that will neutralize the acids and rinsing with water afterward can help also.
2. Don’t Forget to Floss
Lots of people brush regularly but don’t take flossing as seriously. Flossing is crucial to gum health and an enormous factor in preventing gum disease. Flossing gets rid of the plaque and food particles that get stuck between your teeth.
3. Don’t Brush Immediately After Eating
We have always been told how important it is to brush after every meal, but in reality you should wait an hour or so before grabbing your toothbrush. Rinse with water to neutralize the acids from the food and drinks you consumed. Brushing right after dinner can erode the enamel on your teeth.
4. Soft Drinks
Soda is filled with sugar and sugar is bad for your teeth. Not only does sugar cause you to gain weight it can cause cavities, decay your teeth and cause gum infections. If you happen to have an addiction to Coke or Pepsi then you’re going to have a problem with staining as well. If soda is a must (we strongly urge you to give it up) then try drinking it through a straw. Rinse your mouth afterward with water and chewing gum will produce saliva which neutralizes the acids.
5. Ease Up on the Whitening
Everybody wants a bright white small and while the jury is still out on whether the bleach in the whitening kits erodes your enamel it is clear that excess whitening can increase the sensitivity in your teeth. It doesn’t matter if you are using an at home kit or being treated at the dentist’s office the whitening gels are abrasive that causes sensitive teeth.
6. Acidic Food
So far we have shown you mostly acidic drinks like coffee or wine that can erode your teeth but there are also plenty of foods that contain acids. Citrus fruits would be one example and tomatoes would be another. While they don’t directly cause cavities but they can erode the enamel on your teeth and making your teeth weaker, that in turn that leads to decay.