The importance of healthy teeth and gums is very well known and appreciated but here are some facts that many people miss:
1. Sour Isn’t Good For Your Teeth
People appreciate that what is sweet is bad for you. But you need to know that what is sour is bad as well. Sour and acidic food can put your mouth in an acidic condition that result in tooth wear. Teeth might erode by themselves or due to a mechanical wear that follows. So after you have a fizzy drink, don’t brush your teeth immediately, but try to neutralize the acid, with water, or Xylitol gum.
If you love candy, switch to xylitol-containing gum, which will help restore natural mineral balance in your teeth as well as prevent tooth decay.
2. You can be missing some teeth
We are not talking about losing teeth to decay, but the congenitally missing teeth. Some people never develop wisdom teeth, less common are the upper lateral incisors (the tooth next to the big front tooth), and lower second premolars (second one behind the canine).
3. Your Braces Could Be The Reason For Your Cavities
Braces make it hard to clean your teeth properly. They invite food retention between your teeth, causing inflammation in the gums and tooth decay. If you wear braces, you need to be extra careful when you brush and rinse your teeth. Flossing is probably impossible with braces. You can substitute floss with picksters. Remember, we get braces to have nice teeth, so keep motivating yourself or your children if they have braces.
4. Enamel Is Tough, but can break and chip
Enamel is the hardest tissue in our body. But it is designed and made for eating, not opening bottles. Enamel can break, and will break if exposed to high strength trauma.
The common causes for chipping Enamel are tongue piercing, chewing on ice, popcorn. An american study showed that 41% of people with oral piercing suffered from tooth fracture and wear.
5. Too much Fluoride is not good
Fluoride strengthen teeth and it is placed in drinking water and salt. However don’t try to get too carried away. Too much fluroide can make your teeth brittle. If consumed i large quantities during teeth development, it causes Fluorosis. A condition that causes discoloration and may be even tooth loss. It important to stick to the guidelines and if you know your council water has fluroide in it, then don’t try to take more in other means.
In fact, it’s better to use a fluoride-free toothpaste for kids until they can understand that they need to spit it out and not swallow it.
Use teeth for eating only. look after your teeth when you have braces. Don’t take your teeth for granted.
Articles are written by Dr M Hajarat.