There’s a lot that can wreck your teeth. It’s not just about brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash; you can harm your teeth even when you’re doing everything you can to get your oral hygiene right. Many of us do things that can hurt our teeth, and you may not even realize it. So here are some do’s and don’t to help you maintain a perfect smile.
- Do eat a nutritious diet with a variety of foods. This is needed for overall physical health and a strong immune system.
- Do consume calcium-rich dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt to neutralize acids detrimental to the enamel.
- Don’t eat sugary foods. Sugar triggers the production of harmful cavity-causing acids that weaken enamel and lead to cavities.
- Don’t snack throughout the day. This accelerates plaque production and subjects the teeth to continual contact with acids.
- Don’t chew on ice (it really can crack teeth.)
- Don’t drink energy drinks. They have many substances that are bad for teeth.
- Do brush twice a day. To keep your teeth clean and clear of debris, brushing twice a day will help keep the cavities away.
- Do brush for 2 minutes every time you brush.
- Do brush at a 45-degree angle. This angle helps remove the germs from your teeth.
- Don’t brush too hard. Brushing aggressively with a hard toothbrush can damage the enamel of your teeth and irritate your gums which can become inflamed and potentially infected as a result.
- Don’t bite your nails. The danger here is you can chip your teeth by trying to tear through your nails, which are surprisingly hearty.
- Don’t bite ice. Your tooth enamel and ice are made out of the same structures: crystals. When they are forced against each other, one of them will break, and while it’s usually the ice, sometimes it’s your teeth.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools. It is better to cut that knotted shoelace than to gnaw at it to try to untangle it.
- Don’t get piercings in or around your mouth.
- Don’t ignore tooth pain or sensitivity.
- Don’t use a medium or hard bristle toothbrush. It can damage gums.
- Do remember to smile.
- Do go twice a year to Cox Family Dentistry in Plano, TX for your regular checkups.
If it has been a while since your last dental visit, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Cox today!