Healthy teeth: the basics

 

Habits that wreck your teeth:

 

  • Chewing on ice – causes cracking and fractures

  • Playing sports with no mouth guard - can lead to fractures or loss of teeth

  • Bedtime bottles – risk of ‘Baby Bottle Tooth Decay’

  • Tongue piercings – can cause chips, rubbing leading to gum recession, and bacteria buildup

  • Grinding teeth (Bruxism) – wears down teeth or develops cracks

  • Cough drops (non-sugar-free) – bathes teeth in sugar

  • Gummy candy – sticks in crevices and causes tooth decay

  • Soda – bathes teeth in sugar and causes tooth decay

  • Opening stuff with your teeth – causes chips or fractures

  • Sports drinks – bathes teeth in sugar and causes tooth decay

  • Fruit juice (undiluted) – bathes teeth in sugar and causes tooth decay

  • Potato chips – stick to teeth causing bacterial / plaque buildup

  • Constant snacking – food debris and plaque sit on teeth for prolonged periods of time

  • Chewing on pensils / pens – causes chips or fractures

  • Drinking coffee – dries mouth leading to tooth decay

  • Smoking – dry mouth, plaque buildup, gum disease, and an increased risk of oral cancer

  • Drinking red wine – chromogen red stain, high acid content prones teeth to pick up stain, tannins help stain bind to teeth

  • Drinking white wine – high acid content prones teeth to pick up stain, tannins help stain bind to teeth

  • Binge eating – dental decay through high sugar content exposure or induced vomiting

 

References:

WebMD.com

KnowYourTeeth.com

 

 

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