Did you know that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss? Tooth decay is another big contributor to this dental problem. Of all the things that can plague your smile, missing teeth is at the top of the list.
At Brar Dentistry, we offer strong, lasting options in tooth replacement, but dental implants are a solution after the damage of gum disease and tooth decay have already been done. We want to help you keep your natural, healthy teeth as long as possible.
Stopping problems before they start is the best way to keep your smile healthy and beautiful! That’s why we’re spending today’s blog talking about bad habits that put your smile at risk.
The Timing Of The Toothbrush
Wait a minute! ‘Toothbrush’ and ‘bad habit’ don’t go together, do they?
Actually, they do. It’s not enough to just brush your teeth everyday to keep your mouth clean. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s all about the timing!
First, it’s a matter of when you brush. If you brush your teeth too soon after you eat, you could damage your tooth enamel. The reason for this is because that when you eat certain foods, you expose your enamel to whatever is in that food.
Foods high in acidity will weaken your tooth enamel while you eat it and for up to an hour afterward. Brushing while your enamel is still in this weakened state could strip away that layer of protection and open you up to a greater risk of cavities.
Second, it’s a matter of how long you use your toothbrush. The length of time that you own your toothbrush makes a difference when it comes to your oral health. It’s also important how much time you spend while you’re brushing.
You should replace your toothbrush every three or four months. This is so you’re not brushing with a utensil that has all kinds of bacteria or months worth of sickness that’s been floating around in your home’s air.
You should also make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes each time. Set a timer, play a song, whatever it takes for you to keep your oral health on track.
The Chemistry Of OTC Whitening Kits
We all want a brighter, whiter smile. But it’s how we go about it that could be hurting your teeth. The problem with over-the-counter teeth whitening kits isn’t necessarily the chemicals they contain. You won’t be able to find an approved whitening kit that has the same whitening power as the professional treatments like you’ll find at Brar Dentistry.
The problem is that if you overuse those store bought kits or if you don’t use them correctly, you could be hurting your tooth enamel or your gums. That’s why, for a whiter smile, you should always seek the help of our professionals!
The Sweet Temptation Of Sugar
We’ve been told since childhood that sugar is bad for our teeth. So this should come as no surprise to you. But maybe the warnings you got as a kid stopped there with little to no explanation as to how or why sugar can be so harmful to your teeth.
Basically, the sugar from your food and drinks feed the bacteria that live in your mouth. This feast creates the acids that eat away at your healthy teeth and gums and leave them both vulnerable to decay, cavities, and infections.
You don’t have to give up sugar entirely, so don’t worry! You should, however, try to minimize it and its effects by sticking with natural sugars from fruits and avoiding refined sugars like you find in highly processed foods and flavored drinks.
The Drying Inside
Good old-fashioned water is essential to a healthy mouth. Water is incredibly important to your body, of course, but hydration is also an important part of healthy teeth.
Did you know that saliva actually helps keep your mouth clean by washing away bacteria and food particles and protects your tooth enamel from erosion? When you’re dehydrated, the saliva isn’t there to do its job. So make sure you get plenty of water each day!
There is one more bad habit we wanted to save for last: ignoring your friendly dental team in St. Charles, Elgin, South Elgin, and Sleepy Hollow!
Dental checkups are one of the best things you can do for your oral health, and we love when patients visit us for their routine cleanings and exams! Call Brar Dentistry today at 630-883-0970 or fill out our online form to schedule your cosmetic consultation! We have 4 locations to serve you in St. Charles, Elgin, South Elgin, and Sleepy Hollow, IL.