We all know about brushing, flossing, mouthwash, and regular dentist visits to maintain our pearly whites. However we might be unknowingly destroying our teeth with some common habits we and other people do everyday.
Chewing on Ice, Pencils, Ballpen caps Your teeth are made of enamel and dentin. When you chew on ice, you are putting a lot of pressure on your teeth and this wears down your enamel causing cracks or chips. When this happens and the dentin is exposed, that means that your teeth are weak and you may experience heightened sensitivity. Which is not comfortable. At all.
Playing sports with no Mouth Guard Mouthguards are made of plastic, polyurethane, or laminated thermoplastic. Mouthguards help cushion a blow and minimize its impact to your face which lessens the risk of injuries to your tongue, lips, and cheek lining as well as broken teeth. The best mouthguards are custom made by dentists. However, they may be costly. There are stock mouthguards or boil-and-bite types which are less expensive options. Mouthguards are important especially for people who wear braces to reduce the risk of soft tissue injuries.
Tongue Piercings Fractured teeth are the least of your problems with a tongue piercing. This is because tongue piercing often uses barrel earrings with heavy metal balls on both ends that may hit your teeth while you eat, sleep, talk, and chew on it. Piercings can also cause swelling of the tongue. So much that it may cut off a persons breathing. The tongue is covered in bacteria which may be introduced to the blood stream when the tongue is pierced and lead to infection. And it has been found in a study published in the January 2011 issue of Journal of Adolescent Health that stainless steel jewelry can accumulate more bacteria than plastics like Teflon.
Grinding Teeth Teeth grinding or bruxism can cause very small cracks in your teeths enamel which makes them prone to decay. Anthony Iacopino, DMD, PhD., dean of the University Of Manitoba Faculty Of Dentistry even points out that the habit can wear down the pointed surfaces of molars.
Cough Drops and Sweets Food with too much sugar are just plain bad for your teeth. Especially gummy sweets as they stick in the teeth keeping sugar as well as acids remain in contact with your teeth for hours. Cough drops are also loaded with sugar. The sugar in these stuff reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth and bacteria converts sugar to acid that wears your tooth enamel.
Soda and Sports Drinks Even beverages are not exempt from being laden with too much sugar. Fizzy drinks have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving and sports drinks have 12 grams of sugar per 12 ounce serving. If you really need to rehydrate, water is always the wisest choice.
Potato Crisps and Starchy Food Potato crisps debris stuck between your teeth for 20 minutes would already mean that acid is already attacking your teeth. And this can promote further damage as they are stuck there for longer periods of time and if you snack on them often. Always brush and floss when you can after eating starchy food and if not, at least drink water to wash some of the debris.
Try to remember if you have any of these habits or if you have done any of them at one time. Resolve not to do it again and break that habit. And no, it cant wait till the New Year.