Everyone tries to take great care of their teeth, but you might unknowingly make mistakes that can negatively impact your oral health. Discussing any questions or concerns with your general dentist can help you avoid some of these mistakes and take the best possible care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. To take a look at some habits that could be hurting your oral health, read on.
You should certainly brush at least twice a day as recommended, but brushing too soon after meals can destroy your enamel. When you eat, your mouth becomes extremely acidic; if you brush immediately after a meal, you may spread this acid over your teeth, which can wear away at enamel. Instead, wait 30 minutes before brushing to allow your mouth’s pH to neutralize. Of course, don’t forget to floss and visit your dentist on a regular basis, both of which play a vital role in protecting your mouth against tooth decay and gingivitis.
Making Poor Diet Choices
As your dentist will tell you, soda is bad for your teeth. In fact, any drink with high amounts of sugar, acid, or both can be destructive to your teeth. Sports drinks and fruit juices also fall into this category, though fruit juices are a better choice overall if you must drink something sugary. Liquids that stain the teeth, such as red wine, coffee, or tea, not only darken or yellow the teeth, but also leave them more prone to tooth decay. The surface of stained teeth is rough and porous, which attracts more bacteria.
Smoking not only stains teeth, causes bad breath, and contributes to periodontal disease, but also is a large risk factor for oral cancer. Quitting is the best option for protecting your oral health, and your overall health. During regular checkups with your dentist, he will also check for signs of oral cancer.
If you have questions about improving your oral health, call The Smile Design Center of Baltimore at (443) 275-9821 to schedule an appointment. We specialize in teeth whitening, veneers, implants, and many other general and cosmetic treatments.