A clean and white smile is a reflection of good health as well as a great personal asset. Every day, our teeth go through a great deal of strain, some of which is unnecessary and can be damaging to our dental health. In order to protect the health of your teeth and prevent unnecessary (and costly!) ailments, it is important to be familiar with some common habits that can be detrimental to your teeth.
Brushing too soon after eating
We have always been told that in order to maintain good oral hygiene we must brush our teeth after every meal. However, recent research has found that brushing immediately after a meal can have the opposite effect. This is especially true of meals containing acidic foods, such as fruits, tomatoes, lemons, vinegar, or pickles. By brushing your teeth immediately after eating these foods, you could be pushing the acid under the enamel, which eventually could weaken the enamel and lead to tooth decay. Dental professionals recommend that you wait for 30 minutes before brushing following a meal.
The negative effects of smoking on dental health are well publicised. Smoking is one of the main causes of gum disease, as the chemicals contained in cigarettes restrict the blood flow to the gums and eventually lead to inflammation, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Nicotine and tar are powerful staining agents that can turn the enamel yellow or even brown in a relatively short amount of time. Smoking is also one of the main causes of mouth cancer.
Incorrect brushing techniques
When it comes to brushing, how often you do it is just as important as how you do it. Be careful not to use any of the following brushing habits, which are incorrect and can do more damage than good: using a toothbrush with stiff bristles, brushing for less than 2 minutes, brushing too hard, brushing across the teeth instead of vertically, and skipping the inner surface of the teeth.
Using teeth as tools
Avoid using your teeth to open bottle caps, jars, or to remove plastic tags. Also, don’t chew on ice, gnaw on pens or pencils, or crack nuts open with your teeth, as this could wear the enamel down and result in chipped teeth.
At Butterfly Dental your oral health is our priority. Our team of expert dental practitioners will be pleased to recommend the best treatment for your personal situation, whether it is tooth whitening, alignment, reshaping, bonding, fillings, bridges, veneers, and dentures. Contact our team today to benefit from professional dental services in the Manchester area.