A healthy lifestyle is what we need to strive for. Most of the tips and life hacks we get from the Internet. But are you sure all of these tips are helpful? When we form habits in order to improve our well-being, we are not always informed about the issues that they can cause to our oral health. Here are three habits you thought were healthy, but the reality is quite the opposite.
Do you rush to brush your teeth right after breakfast? Of course, regular teeth brushing is good, but you need to wait for a bit after a meal before brushing. When you eat acidic food such as tomatoes or oranges, your enamel softens and becomes sensitive to abrasion. If you immediately brush your teeth, you can make your teeth sensitive because bristles will remove the enamel. The situation worsens with age because your gums recede and reveal more of the root surface. The tooth roots are not covered with enamel.
To stay on the safe side, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. Saliva can decrease the acidic environment in the mouth, but this process needs some time. Some types of dairy products (especially cheddar cheese) are able to increase the pH level in your mouth, release calcium and produce substances that can eliminate the formation of plague. You can also simply rinse your mouth with plain water in order to wash away food particles that get stuck between teeth.
There are a lot of tips to replace unnecessary snacks with ice because it doesn’t contain calories and sugar, usually has a neutral pH and doesn’t stick to your teeth. But it has several disadvantages. Ice cubes are very hard and when you chew them, you can crack your teeth, fillings and dental implants Brooklyn. If you constantly expose your teeth to cold, it can lead to increased dentin sensitivity. There are a few more reasons why you should give up your habit of gnawing ice.
Tooth enamel is one of the hardest tissues in the body, but permanent wear and tear from gnawing ice can lead to erasure of the teeth contours. This condition may be so severe that it can cause changes in the bite and severe aching in jaw muscles. But if you are really fond of ice, try to let it melt in the mouth instead of chewing cubes.
Moderate drinking of alcohol can be beneficial because it reduces the risk of diabetes, stroke or heart attack. There are some compounds in red wine that are able to raise good cholesterol and improve heart health. But when you spread a single glass of wine over the whole evening, your teeth are constantly suffering.
Every time you take a sip of wine, you expose your teeth to acids that soften your enamel. It doesn't mean that you should drink the whole glass at once, but you can drink plain water or eat a piece of cheese in order to neutralize acids. But don’t replace plain water with sparkling water. Carbonated water is also acidic and can affect your teeth as well if you drink it constantly. But different kinds of wine cause different problems. For example, white wine has a high pH level and can cause more damage. But red wine can leave stains on your teeth.