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What Could Damage the Teeth?

What Could Damage the Teeth

After saying goodbye to our baby teeth, we get only one set of teeth to get through the remainder of our lives. Therefore, it makes sense that we would want to do everything we can to take care of our teeth and preserve their long-term health. To this end, we brush our teeth every day. We probably also know the dangers that consuming sugary foods and drinks can pose to our oral health. But there are a number of seemingly safe things that can actually damage our teeth too.

• Brushing your teeth too often: While daily brushing is important to your oral health, too much brushing can actually wear away tooth enamel. Limit brushing to 2-3 times a day.

• Teeth whitening: While safe if overseen by a dentist, overuse of home teeth whitening products can weaken tooth enamel and damage gum tissue. Talk with your dentist to find out what whitening treatments are safe.

• Swimming: Though swimming is considered a healthy activity, the chlorine in swimming pools can actually wear away your enamel. Try to avoid getting water in your mouth, and brush your teeth after leaving the pool.

• Bread: We probably think we are eating healthy when we have a veggie sandwich instead of fried foods. But bread, especially white bread, actually contains a lot of sugar. If you eat bread, choose breads that do not contain added sugar.

• Biting things that are not food: Though our teeth are designed to be able to bite into any foods we eat, the same cannot be said about non-food items. Chewing on our nails, gnawing on a pen cap, or using our teeth to tear open packages can wear down our teeth and even damage our jaw.

If you have suffered tooth damage, contact our office to find out what dental restoration options can restore the health of your teeth.

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