Most of us know how important it is to brush our teeth at least twice a day. Many of us religiously floss and rinse, too. But do you know that there are also a lot of people who are damaging their teeth on a daily basis without even knowing it?
Here we have listed for you five ways you could be unknowingly damaging your teeth. Check it out and see if you are guilty of any of these:
RINSING WITH WATER AFTER YOU BRUSH
It is not advisable to rinse your mouth with water after brushing your teeth. Why? It is simply because when you do, you just wash away the fluoride which is what your teeth need and what helps you to prevent tooth decay. What to do with all that excess toothpaste? Just spit it out.
BRUSHING YOUR TEETH RIGHT AWAY AFTER MEALS
We understand how you can be in a rush. But you should really wait for about 30 – 40 minutes before brushing. Doing so will allow saliva to naturally neutralize the low PH level in the mouth that is caused by food and drinks. Brushing straight away causes the acid in your mouth to get brushed into your teeth. This causes erosion and tooth enamel loss, leading to tooth sensitivity and weakening.
CHOOSING A TOOTHBRUSH WITH HARD BRISTLES
Perhaps you think harder bristles will do a better job at removing food particles. It is; however, better to use a medium-soft bristled toothbrush as it is a lot kinder to your teeth. Hard bristled ones can damage your gums, as well as the root surface and the protective enamel.
OPENING BOTTLES WITH YOUR TEETH
You probably have tried this before out of curiosity or at least seen one do it at a party once or twice. While it may seem a pretty neat party trick, opening a bottle (or even a bag of chips for that matter) using your teeth can be quite damaging. It wears away your teeth and also, you are risking a chipped tooth.
DRINKING COLOURED DRINKS
Drinking coloured beverages like coke or rum are the worst when it comes to damaging and eroding your teeth. That includes pop and other fizzy drinks. Dark coloured drinks have the lowest pH so they are more acidic. Lighter coloured drinks like champagne and Prosecco, you’d be glad to know, are your better options as they have a higher pH level.
There you go – five seemingly harmless acts that are actually damaging to your teeth. To know if you are doing the right things for your teeth, ask the advice of an oral health care professional from Pickering Square Dental. We’d love to hear from you soon!