6 Healthy Habits That Are Destroying Your Teeth


These 6 healthy trends may be negatively affecting your mouth’s health.

  1. Brushing

Say what? The daily routine of brushing teeth, although fundamental in dental health, if practised incorrectly, can lead to abrasion lesions which can cause a tremendous amount of pain. Too much pressure applied to your teeth when brushing, can cause your teeth to wear away, much like an axe wears away at a tree.

So what can you do (besides yelling ‘timber’ as your teeth fall out of your mouth)? Just go easy. The debris sitting on your teeth is held by a simple protein-glucose matrix that is easily brushed off with light, circular movements and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

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  1. Brushing… again

The second healthy habit of destruction is… brushing. Not only is the technique of brushing often applied incorrectly, but the timing of brushing is misunderstood too. People who brush their teeth directly after a meal and a drink leave their teeth vulnerable to the wear imparted by brushing due to the acidity in the food we eat.

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Instead of brushing, it is more beneficial after meals to simply rinse your mouth with water.

  1. Drinking fruit juice

If you’ve swapped your daily soda for a glass of orange juice in the interests of health, you may be misled. Sugar content in fruit juice is very high and juices also contain a fairly high acidic pH – these factors lead to weight gain and promote dental decay.

The solution to this is to check the label of the fruit juice for its carbohydrate/sugar concentration, and avoid excessive intake.

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  1. Toothpicks

If you’re concerned about the mortifying spinach-in-the-teeth scenario after a meal, removing the trapped food is recommended by dentists, but not with a toothpick. A toothpick has the ability to damage the soft tissue surrounding the teeth.

To remove unsightly (and harmful) food from your teeth, use dental floss. There are discreet dental floss containers available in most supermarkets, but a good rinse with water will often do the trick until you’re home and able to floss properly.

  1. Weightlifting

Hitting the gym is a great way to release tension, and to build up muscle, but weightlifting (amongst other exercises) may have a harmful side-effect that you’re not aware of: clenching and grinding of teeth. The heavy force applied to your teeth when you clench or grind can result in drastic tooth-wear and even fractures.

The solution to this is to become conscious of what you do with your teeth when you exercise. If you are prone to clenching or grinding, you may require the protection of a lab-made device.

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  1. Sleep

Of course sleep is absolutely vital to our health and well-being. In fact, it is recommended that we get 7 or 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night. If you consider that you may be clenching or grinding your teeth for some or all of this time, you’ll understand why this may be detrimental to your dental health.

Seek the guidance of your dentist. There are several solutions that will prevent you from wearing down your pearly whites.

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The dentists at any one of the seven The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium sites nationwide, will be able to assist with any of these dental issues. The highly qualified staff are also able to do this and this, amongst many other treatments.

source: The South African

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