Are You Being the Worst Person Ever to Your Teeth? Pt. 1
When it comes to everyday acts and habits that are bad for your teeth, there are some that seem to be well-known, but there are others that haven’t caught on or that people refuse to acknowledge. Little do you know, some of your favorite guilty pleasures might be wreaking havoc on your teeth and mouth. We’ll list some for you right here, right now.
Yep, this is one of the obvious ones. But people love to do it anyway. We think it’s that old human invincibility fallacy. We all think we’re invulnerable to such trivialities until they happen to us. So, next time you’re staring down that ice cube tray in your fridge, steer clear of it. At the very least, chew crushed ice, because half the work has already been done for you. Chewing ice can cause permanent damage to your teeth, putting tiny cracks in your irreplaceable enamel. These cracks will grow larger and larger over time, ultimately causing tooth fracture, causing you unnecessary expenses.
We know they’re, like, so very cool, but when it comes down to it, tongue piercings can come at a bigger cost than the initial price tag. Again, tongue and lip piercings can cause damage to your tooth enamel. They can even cause your teeth to chip or break, in extreme cases. They also rub against your gums, causing permanent gum recession, which can lead to tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss. Mouth jewelry can also promote bacterial growth and buildup. They can also do damage to fillings and interfere with your dental x-rays.
Even if you really are sick, try to stay away from these bad boys. That cough drop may sooth that nasty sore throat, but there are other remedies that can help without causing damage to your oral cavity like cough drops do. Cough drops can often make your dental problems worse as they make your sore throat feel better. Obviously, most cough drops contain sugar, which basically make your mouth become a sugar sauna.
With a mouthful of sugar, bacteria will begin to proliferate. The chance of tooth decay increases, even gum disease. If you must engage with cough drops, make sure you opt for the sugar-free edition, even though it might be slightly less fun. But whoever said good oral health was supposed to be fun? Just kidding.
This one might be hard to give up. Since you were a kid, you’ve loved these bright colored magical little globs of awesomeness that come in exciting shapes, like bears, worms, and… bears. Candy that sticks to your teeth is the absolute devil, so stay away whenever you can. What’s even worse is that gummies tend to get stuck in those tiny, hard-to-reach crevices of your teeth and mouth to create a ripe atmosphere for tooth decay. Again, opt for the sugar-free versions on these, even though it’s not going to make you any friends at the next kickball tourney.
Opening Packing With Your Teeth
This one drives us nuts. Some people even crack open beers as a novelty at parties. Please, just don’t. Your teeth aren’t swiss army knives, and you’re not MacGyver, okay? Use your hands, use scissors, and use a bottle opener, for crying out loud.
Sports Drinks, Fruit Juices, and Soda
We can hear you saying, “oh, so you mean no fun, right?” Not true. There are sugar-free options when it comes to drinking. Also, drink water. Lord knows you could probably use more than an extra glass compared to what you do now. Stay away from drinks high in sugar and acids, all of which are prominent in fruit juices, sodas, and sports drinks.
If you’re always snacking, your teeth are always being bombarded. Whether it’s harmful potato chips, sugary snacks, or sunflower seeds, your teeth are constantly under fire. You can counteract this by strategic snacking at a set time every day, making sure that you can brush your teeth immediately after. You can also snack on healthier options, like apples, carrots, and celery.
We realize that we’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg, and we have so much more. We’ll continue with part two of this doubleheader next time. In the meantime, schedule your bi-annual cleaning with CITIDental Brookline today to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to your oral health.