10 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile
A smile can brighten up someone’s day. It is one of the things that you can put on and feel good about yourself. So if you have healthy teeth, you would also have the courage to flash a smile. Here are 10 common things to avoid in maintaining a good oral health:
1. Sports Beverages. According to David F. Halpern, DMD, FAGD, President of the Academy of General Dentistry, “Scientific research has found that the pH levels in many sports drinks could lead to tooth erosion due to their high concentration of acidic components, which could wear away at the tooth’s enamel.” So yes, sports drinks restore electrolyte balance in your body, but are not too great for your teeth.
2. Bottled water. In the United States, 60% of people have fluoride in their tap water, but the bottled water you buy from the stores has less fluoride in it. As stated by Charles H. Perle, DMD, FAGD, Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson, “Fluoride makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before damage is even visible.”
3. Diabetes. This disorder diminishes the ability of the body to fight infection. So if you are at risk for gum disease and you have Diabetes, the simple task of brushing or flossing can seriously affect your oral health.
4. Tobacco. Smoking makes your teeth turn yellow. More than the staining, it has more serious damaging affects on your body. Smoking causes different types of cancers that may lead to death. The tar from the tobacco creates a film that sticks on the teeth that fosters bacteria and enhances acid production thereby creating toxins that break down the enamel of your teeth, causes inflammation of your gums, and tooth decay.
5. Wine. Regular wine drinkers must be aware that it harms the integrity of the enamel on your teeth. The wine’s acidity dissolves your teeth and increase staining. You don’t need to completely give up drinking wine, but it helps to space it out. If you’re drinking it, take small sips and rinse your mouth with water after.
6. Pregnancy. Studies show that there’s a link between untreated gum disease and pre-term and low-birth-weight babies. As explained by Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson, Gigi Meinecke, DDS, FAGD, “During pregnancy, there are changes in hormones that can cause gum inflammation and if that happens, you are increasing your susceptibility to infection.” If you are experiencing morning sickness, make sure to rinse your mouth with water or rub your teeth with baking soda paste (mixed with water) to counteract the acid caused by vomiting. This acid will later cause to tooth decay if undone.
7. Diet pills. These pills may hasten weight reduction, but the side effects may cause gum disease or tooth decay. Diet pills cause dry mouth same with other medication and that puts you at high risk for tooth cavities and gum infections.
8. Teeth grinding. This causes chipping and sensitivity to your teeth. Not only it affects the integrity of your teeth, but also causes jaw pain and even alter the appearance of your face. So make sure to consult your dentist on how to prevent teeth grinding. Experts say that stress and anger increases grinding therefore you might want to find ways how to release your emotions to protect your teeth.
9. Candy. Sugar will not directly cause tooth decay, but the acid that is produced when you eat carbohydrates and sugar can. Leaving sugar on your teeth and gums may be the worst thing that you can do to your teeth and gums. If you are unable to brush your teeth right away, eat cheese or yoghurt or chew on a sugarless gum to increase flow of saliva to neutralize the acids produced from the sugar. So brush your teeth and floss especially before going to bed to protect your smile.
10. Puberty. During this stage where acne is a common thing because of the surge of raging hormones, this also have an effect on your gums. Your teeth during puberty are more sensitive to plaque that leads to swollen gums, infection, and mouth sores. So encourage teens to brush, floss every day, and see a dentist regularly. It will do them good during their adult years where smile can be one of your best assets.