To keep your teeth healthy, you need to brush them twice a day, rinse, go to the dentist twice a year. And quit these habits.
- Go in for sports without protection
You won’t start playing hockey without a helmet, will you? Or box without a mouthguard? If you are engaged in any contact sports, then do not start without special protection for the teeth. Never neglect equipment. Otherwise, your tooth will be one of the five million that annually break in sports fields. According to the American Dental Association, protective devices – helmets and mouth guards – save 200,000 teeth per year.
- Eat jelly candies
Everyone knows about sugar, because of which caries develops. But some sweets are more dangerous than others. Those that stick to teeth are more harmful. If the jelly particles are stuck between the teeth, it is not so easy to pull them out, and saliva cannot neutralize them. In addition to jelly caramels, dried candied fruits, and marmalade are also dangerous.
- Treat cough with lozenges
They ease coughing and reduce sore throat, but if you have caries, then lollipops make it worse because most of them are full of sugar. By constantly absorbing these candies, we create in our mouths an ideal breeding ground for bacteria that destroy teeth and gums. When choosing candy, look at the composition and look for sugar-free options.
- Drink soda
Sugar and acids are a killer combination for enamel. Even if there is a sweetener in the lemonade, there is still acid left that destroys the enamel and leads to tooth sensitivity.
It is better not to drink soda for at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth, and if you drink often, then use a straw.
- Open bottles and packaging
Teeth made for food and smiles! Misuse is not recommended. Teeth are not knives, not openers, and not scissors. Therefore, open packages, bottles, cut the threads, and hold items with special tools, otherwise, the teeth can be broken.
- Drink fruit juices
Of course, they are healthier than soda, but they are also full of sugar. About the same as in lemonade. So drink fruit juices with water so as not to leave all the sugar in your mouth.
- Drink a lot of coffee
Your beloved morning cup of coffee, unfortunately, can harm your teeth. Caffeine causes a dry mouth, and a lack of saliva leads to tooth decay. And if you drink coffee with sugar, then this process will accelerate.
Need more reason to quit smoking? You are welcome. Tobacco also dries the oral mucosa and increases the amount of plaque on the teeth. And smokers often have periodontitis. Smoking also increases the risk of cancer of the throat or lips, and in general tumors in the oral cavity.
- Constantly snacking
As it is already clear, if you constantly chew something, you will have to constantly rinse your mouth or brush your teeth so that food does not get stuck between your teeth. But frequent use of a brush is also a dubious occupation, from which there will be no sense, but tooth sensitivity can increase. It is better to regulate food intake and snack on hard fruits and vegetables that help brush your teeth. For example, apples or carrots.
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