5 Biggest Mistakes You’re Making With Your Teeth
So, you brush your teeth and floss – that should be enough to keep the dentist away, right? Wrong.
You may not realize how many mistakes you’re making, which are wreaking havoc on your teeth.
As many as 1 out of 4 Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth completely.
So, how do you protect those pearly whites? Make sure that you’re not making these mistakes.
Playing sports is a great way to stay in shape and keep your body young.
However, it’s more common than you may think to suffer an accident.
All it takes is being in the wrong place during a pass to find yourself with a few missing teeth.
If you play any kind of sport which involves other people and flying objects, you should wear a mouthguard.
That way, you can work hard, have fun, and eliminate the worry of ruining your teeth in the process.
Many people love to add a generous serving of ice to their cold beverage.
When the last sip goes down, it’s common to chew on a few pieces of the half-melted ice.
In some cases, people may chew all of it out of nervous habit.
However, the American Dental Association would like you to stop. Immediately.
Put your cup down. Even though it may be satisfying to chew on your ice, you’re doing significant damage to your tooth enamel and may even risk cracking a tooth! Ouch!
Eating Too Much Citrus
You may have heard that citrus packs a punch of vitamin C, so you like to eat as much as possible.
However, not only can too much citrus cause canker sores, but the acid will eventually erode your teeth!
If you eat an orange or anything else in the citrus family, make sure that you wash it down with water afterward!
A lot of people grind their teeth when they sleep and don’t realize it.
However, if you notice that your jaw is sore or your teeth are slightly loose, then it’s time to do something about it!
Grinding your teeth over time will destroy your teeth and even affect your jawbone.
Talk to your doctor about a mouthguard while you sleep.
Drinking Carbonated Drinks
Most people have probably heard by now that soda is terrible for your teeth.
However, many people don’t realize how bad all carbonated drinks are, even “light” drinks.
The acid and chemicals will eat your tooth enamel and cause damage over time.
If you do indulge in soda once in a while, make sure that you brush your teeth afterward!