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5 Things that are Damaging Your Teeth

Rob Annese - Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Your teeth dictate how confident you are with your smile, which dictates how confident you are in all sorts of scenarios. Always thinking about keeping your teeth hidden and curbing your full smile can make social situations more difficult, for example.

Sometimes, genetics play a large role in the state of your teeth. In cases like these, poor teeth may not be your fault. However, most of the time, poor or damaged teeth are the result of poor decisions on your part. This is because you can make all sorts of decisions that have an effect on the quality, look, and overall health of your teeth on a daily basis.

To understand what you may be doing to damage your teeth on a daily basis, and consequently what you can do to improve the state of your teeth, find the 5 most common things that can damage your teeth below.

Food and Drink

The first place you’re going to want to look at is your diet. The types of foods and drinks going into your mouth and onto your teeth on a daily basis is naturally one of the biggest factors that can influence the state of your teeth.

For example, ingesting a lot of acidic foods and drinks every day can progressively wear away at the enamel protecting your teeth. This includes things like soda, chocolate, oranges, and fast food. While many acidic foods could be classified as “junk” food, plenty of healthy foods are acidic as well, such as that glass of orange juice you drink daily, those three cups of coffee throughout the day, and so on.

Coffee and tea, in particular, are very damaging to your teeth, especially when you consider how often they’re ingested. This is because both of them contain what are called “tannins”, which are organic substances found in plants that build up on tooth enamel over time. Eventually, these buildups can lead to noticeable changes in color on your teeth.

Fortunately, if you can’t do without your daily coffee or tea, you can reduce the chances of tannins building up on your teeth by drinking through a straw. This way, you can minimize the amount of liquid splashing up against your teeth, directing the liquid right to the back of your throat instead.

Another common and seemingly-innocent beverage that contains a lot of tannins is wine. If weekend wine dates are what you look forward to every week, you can minimize the damage on your teeth by either sipping your wine through a straw (this admittedly can look and feel quite odd) or opting for white wine, which contains fewer tannins than red wine.

Mouth breathing

One of the easiest ways to immediately decrease your chances of teeth damage is to breathe through your nose instead of your mouth. It may seem weird that the way you breathe can affect your teeth, but it most certainly can, with nose breathing allowing your mouth to produce more saliva compared to mouth breathing.

Saliva production needs to stay as active as possible for your teeth because, in a dry mouth, the potential for harmful oral bacteria to develop is much higher—bacteria that can cause serious damage to your teeth.

To understand how bad mouth breathing is for your teeth, just think about any time that you’ve woken up with an extremely dry mouth. In these scenarios, your “morning breath” is terrible, there’s a terrible taste in your mouth, your throat is inflamed, and your teeth visibly look worse at a glance. When you sleep through the night while breathing your nose, however, all of these things are lessened. By breathing through your nose, you allow your mouth to continue producing saliva, which helps ensure healthier bacteria production, which better protects your teeth from damage.

If you find yourself having difficulty breathing through your nose as you sleep, it might be worth visiting a sleep apnea dentist in Seminole. This is because some people require special equipment to be able to safely breathe through their nose as they sleep.

Improper dental hygiene

Have you visited a dentist in Seminole recently? If not, you have no idea if your dental hygiene is on point. You may be brushing twice a day, but if your eating and drinking habits require you to be brushing closer to three or four times a day, you might be slowly but surely wearing away at your teeth.

You may already be at a point where you need cosmetic dentistry in Seminole, or veneers in Seminole, but you may just need to start flossing more or to brush less aggressively—you can only know by regularly visiting a professional.

Beyond just cleaning habits, your teeth may need actual restructuring to allow them to be as damage-free as possible. For example, your teeth may be uneven in a way that results in only a few of them being exposed to the majority of foods and drinks you ingest. These teeth may then be at a higher risk of damage compared to less exposed teeth. To even out your teeth and decrease your chances of selective damage, you might benefit from an Invisalign in Seminole.

Takeaway

Much of what you put into your mouth on a daily basis can be damaging to your teeth. This doesn’t mean you have to completely change the way you eat or live your life (although you certainly can if damage-free teeth are that important to you) but rather to consume such foods in a way so as to be less damaging. For example, instead of consuming your morning coffee from the mug like you usually do, try sipping it through a straw instead. Similarly, if you like your wine every weekend, prioritize wines that are less acidic and contain fewer tannins.

Changes like these, paired with regular dental checkups, can significantly decrease your degree of teeth damage, improve the quality of your smile, and make you generally more confident in day-to-day life.

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