As with any most things, the key to good oral health lies in preventative maintenance. Once our baby-teeth are gone and our permanent teeth set in, that’s it. We have one chance with them, and an ounce of maintenance is worth a pound of cure.
With that said, there are many things that we do each day that are destroying our teeth and our oral health, and we don’t even know it! Keep reading to see what practices you should avoid, to ensure that you get the most mileage out of your teeth.
- Brushing Too Hard – Brushing your tooth to vigorously can cause gum recession, and wear away at your enamel. It is best to brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush, and use a tight circular motion when brushing your teeth.
- Eating Too Many Acidic Foods – Soda (diet too), OJ, wine, sports drinks, sour candies, and very sour citrus fruits, etc. can all cause tooth erosion. The top layer of your teeth is a protective layer, and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. The nerves that anchor the teeth lose their protection from the elements, and you may become much more sensitive to certain foods and temperatures than before.
- Over-whitening – As we age, our teeth get darker, and it’s natural to want whiter, glowing teeth. While whitening your teeth is certainly not discouraged, it is best to avoid overdoing it. The active agent in teeth-whiteners is a very mild acid, and while it removes stains, it can also begin to erode away at the enamel, leaving teeth more porous, susceptible to increased sensitivity, and even breakage.
If you notice any of the effects mentioned above, it is important that you consult with your dentist, or contact Dr.Band today to find out what dental treatments are available to restore or protect your oral health, and keep your smile shining bright.