bad habits that destroy your smile

Four Habits That Destroy Your Smile

Are you destroying your teeth with bad habits without even realizing it? The nightmare of tooth loss does not have to come true. Follow these guidelines and it will help you to cleaner, healthier and whiter teeth.

Are you destroying your teeth with bad habits without even realizing it? The nightmare of tooth loss does not have to come true. Follow these guidelines and it will help you to cleaner, healthier and whiter teeth.

four habits that destroy your smile

1. Not flossing

Daily flossing helps to clear the plaque in between your teeth and this can prevent gum disease. Flossing is relatively easy and convenient and can be done any time but many patients don’t realize that flossing at least once a day is just as critical to achieving and maintaining a healthy smile. Flossing may also help prevent gum disease and cavities.

2. Soda/cool drinks/Sweets/Cakes

Consuming acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus fruits, cakes, sweets, wine, tomatoes, soda and energy drinks can erode tooth enamel—the glossy outer layer of the tooth. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming acidic foods and beverages and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth! It is best to use a straw when consuming acidic drinks.

3.  Bleaching your teeth with products that are NOT approved by a dentist

Oil pulling and other non scientific methods don’t work. They will destroy your teeth further. Excessive bleaching can increase tooth sensitivity. Before using an at-home bleaching product or a non scientific procedure it is best to ask your dentist first before going ahead with such products. He or she can advise you on proper teeth whitening products as well as which type of bleaching system to use that will give you the best results.

4. Not replacing your toothbrush often enough

Old toothbrushes harbour harmful bacteria that can cause infections. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months. It’s also important to change your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold. Old toothbrushes don’t work as the bristles get damaged and are not effective in cleaning your teeth.

Your teeth should be professionally cleaned by a dentist every 6 months. This helps to maintain good oral hygiene and you will be less prone to dental decay that will require root canal treatment in the future.

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