Posted On: October 26, 2015

7 Things That Wreck Your Teeth

There are certain things that you should avoid at all cost if your want to preserve a pearly white smile. Take care of your teeth by staying away from these harmful actions.

Here are some things that have a negative effect on your teeth:

Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercings might be fashionable, but biting down on the metal stud can crack your tooth. Lip piercings present a similar risk as well. Metal rubbing against the gums can cause gum damage that may result in tooth loss. Considering that your mouth is filled with bacteria, piercings can cause infections and painful sores.

Soda

Alarmingly, sodas can have up to 11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. As if that was not enough, sodas also contain phosphoric and citric acids, which destroy tooth enamel. Even though they do not contain sugar, diet soft drinks are not the answer because they may contain even more acid as they use artificial sweeteners.

Sports Drinks

After a good workout, there is nothing quite like a refreshing sports drink. However, you should be aware that sports drinks are usually high in sugar. Bacteria in your mouth uses sugar to create acid that damages your teeth. Drinking sports drinks frequently can lead to tooth decay. Drink water instead to keep you refreshed and hydrated.

Binge Eating

Binge eating generally suggests indulging in extreme amounts of sweets, which can lead to tooth decay. Your dental health might be at an even greater risk if you binge and purge (bulimia nervosa). Vomit is full of strong acids that can erode teeth, and make them weak and brittle in the process. Bulimia can cause a variety of serious health issues, so be sure to consult with your doctor.

Playing Sports With No Mouth Guard

It does not matter if you play football, hockey, or any other contact sport, you should not be playing it without a mouth guard. A mouth guard is a piece of molded plastic that protects the upper row of your teeth. Playing sports without a mouth guard increases the risk of chipping or even losing a tooth. You can buy mouth guards at stores, or you can see your dentist about a custom-made mouth guard that will perfectly fit onto your teeth.

Constant Snacking

Frequent snacking results in your mouth producing less saliva, which is essential for your dental health. Also, snacks tend to get stuck between your teeth and they can cause serious damage if left there for hours. Try snacks that are low in sugar and starch, such as carrot sticks.

Drinking Red and/or White Wine

Wine contains acids that create rough spots that make your teeth vulnerable to staining. In addition to that, red wine contains a deep pigment, which helps the color stick to your teeth. White wine does not contain such a pigment, but the acids in it still leave your teeth vulnerable to staining from other beverages, such as coffee. To combat this effect, drink water afterwards or use a toothpaste with a mild whitening agent.

Try to avoid the things listed here so that you can show off that beautiful smile full of pearly white teeth. If for some reason you simply cannot stay away from some of these habits, use some tips and alternatives provided here.

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