Dental Health: Keep your teeth safe and clean

Your teeth when bright and healthy gives you a wonderful smile which I think is worth preserving. Not everything we ingest is healthy for the teeth, therefore there is need to  apply caution. Note these points below;

No mouth guard, no game

Do you play hockey, football or any contact sport, don't get in the game without a mouth guard. This piece of plastic protects the upper row of the teeth and without it, your teeth could get chipped or even knocked out when the game gets rough. You can get a self fitting mouth guard at the store or have it custom made by a dentist.

Don't chew ice

Ice is natural and sugarless but it isn't entirely harmless. Munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or crack the teeth. When your chomping irritates the soft tissue  inside the tooth, subsequent toothaches may follow. Also hot and cold foods can trigger sharp, quick jabs of pain or a lingering toothache.

Your teeth is no tool

Opening bottle caps or plastic packaging with your teeth may be convenient, but this is one habit that makes dentists cringe. Using your teeth as tools could cause cracking. Instead, keep scissors and bottle openers handy. Bottom line, your teeth should only be used for eating.

No more Sports Drinks

There's no doubt a cold sports drink is refreshing after a good workout. But these drinks are usually high in sugar. Like soda or candy, sugary sports drinks create an acid attack on the enamel of your teeth. Drinking them frequently can lead to decay. A better way to stay hydrated at the gym is to chug sugar-free, calorie-free water.

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No Smoking

Cigarettes, as well as other tobacco products, can stain teeth and cause them to fall out as a result of gum disease. Tobacco can also cause cancer of the mouth, lips, and tongue. If you need one more reason to quit, think of your smile.

No Bruxism

Grinding the teeth can wear teeth down over time. It is most often caused by stress and sleeping habits. This makes it hard to control. Avoiding hard foods during the day can reduce pain and damage from this habit. Wearing a mouth guard at night can prevent the damage caused by grinding while sleeping.

Red/white wine

These wines contain acids that eat away tooth enamel, creating rough spots that make teeth more vulnerable to staining. Red wine also contains a deep pigment called chromogen and tannins, which help the color stick to the teeth. This combination makes it easy for the wine's red color to stay with you long after your glass is empty.
Sticking to white wine wont spare your teeth, the acids still weaken the enamel, leaving the teeth porous and vulnerable to staining from other beverages, such as coffee. Swishing with water after drinking or using toothpaste with a mild whitening agent can fight the staining effects of red and white wines.

Binge-purge syndrome 

Binge eating often involves excessive amounts of sweets, which can lead to tooth decay. Binging and purging (bulimia nervosa) can do even more damage to dental health. The strong acids found in vomit can erode teeth, making them brittle and weak. These acids also cause bad breath. Bulimia can lead to a variety of serious health problems, so be sure to talk to your doctor if you have been purging.

Watch your Snacking

Snacking produces less saliva than a meal, leaving food bits in your teeth for hours longer. Avoid snacking too frequently, and stick to snacks that are low in sugar and starch -- for example, carrot sticks.
The bacteria in plaque will also break down starchy foods into acid. This acid can attack the teeth for the next 20 minutes -- even longer if the food is stuck between the teeth or you snack often. You might want to floss after eating potato chips or other starchy foods that tend to get stuck in the teeth.

Drinking Coffee 

Coffee's dark color and acidity can cause yellowing of the teeth over time. Fortunately, it's one of the easiest stains to treat with various whitening methods. Talk to your dentist if you're concerned about discoloration of your teeth.

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