The Unusual Suspects: Surprising Things That Harm Your Teeth.
Are we subconsciously harming our teeth?
When we think of the things that can harm our teeth, we automatically think of foods that stain our teeth or sugary foods. We think of not brushing our teeth and missing dental appointments. While all of those will certainly cause damage to your teeth, have you ever considered a few day-to-day things that you could be harming your teeth without you noticing?
Do you love lemons?
Amongst things that harm our teeth are lemons! If you drink water with lemon in it whether it be in the morning or throughout the day, your teeth will be taking the brunt of it. While it may be good for digestion, the acidity of the lemon can wreak havoc on the enamel of your teeth. Especially if you’re drinking multiple cups of it day in, day out. Over time, your enamel will weaken and your teeth will become sensitive and could potentially rot.
Nail biting can harm your teeth
If so, you’re more likely to suffer from chipped teeth and problems with your jaw. Placing your jaw for long periods of time in a protruding position and biting, can place pressure on the jaw which is associated with jaw dysfunction. Some do it because they’re nervous, others because they’re bored.
Fitness fanatics beware!
Those of you who are exercise buffs are more likely to encounter problems with your teeth. If you opt for cardio during a gym session, you will notice that this type of exercise reduces saliva. Saliva is filled with minerals that nurture your teeth and neutralise acids that cause rotting. Consumption of acidic sports drinks during training can also encourage tooth decay. Opt for water instead! If weightlifting is more your thing, you’re more likely to clench your jaw and grind your teeth. While lifting heavy weights may look impressive, teeth that face repetitive grinding can blunt or even crack. Consider getting a mouth guard for when you’re hitting the weights! You can often find these in your gym or sports shop, but if not, speak to your dentist!
Mis-using your teeth!
Using your teeth for – well anything other than eating really! Holding receipts, train tickets, car park passes, keys or opening packets or worse – beer bottles! This one doesn’t really warrant explanation. Your teeth shouldn’t be used for anything other than biting and chewing your food. Everyone is guilty of this one. Sometimes we use our teeth without thinking but this is a habit to break!
Chewing on pencils and pens
Do you chew on pencils or pens? If you do, you should really try to kick that habit. Pencils are an especially common item to chew, especially if you’re deep in thought. This mindless habit doesn’t just damage the ends of your writing tools – it’s also hard on your teeth. Unsurprisingly, gnawing on pencils or anything else makes your teeth more likely to break or crack. Find another way to fidget when you’re thinking, such as playing with a fidget cube.
Keep your dentist and hygienist appointments
Your dentist and hygienist will be able to spot problems long before you do. Always keep your appointments. If you are looking for a dentist or hygienist near you click the link below and type in your location. You can use the advanced search to find NHS or Private dentists as well as search for a hygienist near you.