Habits that Can Damage Your Teeth
Some of your healthiest habits might not be so healthy for your teeth. It might be time to update your dental routine and make a few changes for the sake of your smile. With healthier new habits, you are almost guaranteed to receive a clean bill of health at your next dental exam.
1. Do you brush right after a meal?
Brushing immediately might sound like a great idea: you can remove all that food debris quickly and efficiently. However, brushing too soon can actually damage your teeth. When you eat, the bacteria in your mouth begin to churn out an acidic byproduct, which softens the enamel. Brushing while the enamel is soft can push acids further into the tooth and leave microscopic scratches behind. Your best bet is to wait to brush until about thirty minutes after your meal, giving your saliva a chance to neutralize those acids and remineralize your teeth.
2. Do you drink lots of juice and smoothies?
Fruit smoothies and juices are full of nutrients, but that doesn’t mean they are good for your smile. In fact, they tend to be high in both sugar and acids. The sugar feeds oral bacteria while the acids soften your teeth. If you simply must have your daily smoothie, use a straw to bypass your teeth, and then rinse thoroughly with water when you are finished.
3. Do you drink wine?
Wine consumption has been linked with cardiovascular health and may have anti-aging benefits. Unfortunately, that daily glass of wine not only can stain your teeth, but may also erode the enamel thanks to its high acid content. When you indulge, try to pair your wine with cheese, which can buffer the effects of the acid, and swish with water when you are finished to neutralize any remaining acid.
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