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9 Common Things Dentists Say You Should Never Do To Your Teeth:

Common Things Dentists Say You Should Never Do To Your Teeth: Getting healthy and beautiful teeth may take a lifetime of care. To achieve good shape and colour of teeth, you ought to take the right steps and avoid such habits which can harm them. You might be brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, but that is not enough.

Some very common habits of everyday can damage your teeth without your realising that they are getting decayed or creating cavities. There are many things that you may think are right for your teeth, but you could be in reality doing more damage.

You should use the right oral care products to maintain dental hygiene and be mindful of the lifestyle patterns that can affect your teeth in a bad way.

Fortunately, dental care has advanced now and Dentists advice you 9 things that you should never do to your teeth in order to keep them healthy and keep you smiling always. To ensure that you never treat your teeth badly, consider the following things that you should totally avoid:

1. Brushing Soon After the Meals:

Brushing after meals is a wise decision but immediately after you have eaten, is a complete no-no.

When you have high acid food such as tea, coffee, juices, smoothie; your teeth enamel becomes weak. And, if you immediately brush your teeth after consuming such food items, you can damage them.

Always wait for at least half an hour after a meal or drink to brush your teeth, otherwise you can simple rinse your mouth with water.

2. Drinking too many Dark and Sipping them Slowly:

Drinks with darker colour have lower ph. These drinks are highly acidic in nature which can corrode your teeth and give them a bad stain as well. You may have observed that your teeth become yellow in colour after a while if you are a regular coffee drinker.

You should avoid drinking too many of such drinks. Also, when you are sipping on these sweet drinks slowly, you are exposing your teeth to sugar for an extended period of time which itself is harmful for your enamel.

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3. Using Unprotected Brushes:

Never use a toothbrush that has been left on a counter clustered with other toothbrushes. You will just be inviting lots of bacteria and other harmful pathogens.

An unprotected brush can carry dangerous faecal matter which can give you infections. Always, keep your brush covered and store it in a medicine cabinet.

4. Using Mouthwash and Not Rinsing Afterwards:

Yes, the use of mouthwash is an awesome way to kill all the bacteria that you might have missed while flossing and brushing. But the alcohol present in these mouth washes can do some serious damage to your teeth.

Alcohol in mouthwashes can make your mouth dry and bacteria live in dry conditions. Make sure that you pick up an alcohol free mouth wash and rinse your mouth with clean water after using it.

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5. Chewing Ice:

Do not chew on ice because you can easily break a tooth or dislodge a filling. It is like biting a rock; you should know that even though your teeth are quite strong but they are not made to hold such pressure.

6. Chewing non Eatable Items:

We understand, some people have the habit to chew on things when they have anxiety or they are simple nervous. But in any case, this can cause potential harm to your teeth. With the pressure that you are applying in the teeth, it can lead to shifting of your teeth or chipping.

Moreover, this can harm your alignment too. From next time if you really need to chew on something then consider getting a sugarless chewing gum.

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7. Using Teeth as a Tool:

While you are trying to juggle with too many things in your hands, you might have the habit to use your teeth as an extra tool. But this can harm your teeth’s enamel, even with a little pressure.

Holding small things with your teeth can make your enamel to splinter. Do not use our teeth to open bottles or rip open plastic bags too because it can simply result in a fractured teeth.

8. Incorrect Flossing:

Most of you might already know the benefits of flossing and might be doing it every day as well. But unfortunately people do not know the right way to floss the teeth.

First of all you should always floss before you brush your teeth. As flossing makes sure to get rid of stuck up bits of food which cannot be done by toothbrushes; it is advised to do the routine before brushing.

Take our floss and gently pass it through two of your teeth, you should be moving it in upward and downward directions gently without applying too much pressure otherwise you can harm your gums. You can also get ready to use gentle flossers form drug stores.

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9. Eating too Many Snacks:

People have the habit to munch on snacks all the while. This habit is extremely bad for your teeth as the food that you are eating gets stuck in your teeth and creates cavities.

The saliva in your mouth dissolves the leftover bits of food that you eat and washes it down but when you keep eating all the time, more saliva is created but in lesser amounts which is not enough to wash away the remaining food stuck between your teeth.

Yes avoiding and correcting these habits is very important, but also try to include some healthy replacements such as including crunchy fruits and vegetables, drinking a lot of water, etc.

Also, keep in mind that you should not always drink bottle water, because the fluoride present in your tap water gives you natural protection against decay and promotes remineralisation.

Your habits are crucial for your teeth’s health. Even after using the right dental care products and incorporating the right lifestyles habits, we would advice to visit a dentist twice every year to keep that beautiful smile of your intact.

Dr Maria

MD Board Certified physician 8 years of experience in health care Former Naturopath at UK Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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