7 everyday habits that damage your teeth

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 12 November 2016 saa 10:33
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We all want a set of white teeth but many unknowingly destroy their teeth through everyday habits listed below.

1. Chewing ice cubes

Chewing ice cubes will damage your teeth. Chewing ice cubes can cause microscopic cracks in the surface of the enamel, which could lead to bigger dental problems over time.

2. Swimming

Swimming is an important exercise the body needs but according to studies published in both the American Journal of Dentistry and the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association, chemicals put in swimming pools, particularly chlorine, are linked to enamel erosion.

3. Eating too much fruits

Your doctor might have advised you to eat lots of fruits daily, dentist are saying the opposite. This is because fruits are extremely acidic and harmful to the teeth. Drinking water while eating fruits or immediately after will help reduce the negative effects of fruits on your teeth.

4. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

Many prefer using a hard-bristled toothbrush because they believe it brushes their teeth better. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush may irritate the gums and lead to sensitive teeth.

5. Brush too soon after eating

I have seen people brush immediately after eating but this habit will damage the teeth. Brushing within 30 minutes of eating a meal or drinking fizzy or acidic drinks will damage the enamel. Wait for at least an hour before brushing.

6. Swirling wine

Wine experts encourage us to swirl a good wine around the mouth to bring out the flavour of the wine but according to dentists, doing this is bad for the teeth because wine is acidic and swirling ensures more of your teeth are covered in the acid.

7. Using your teeth as a tool

Many use their teeth as a tool to open drinks but this is bad for the teeth and can cause fracture.