When it comes to your teeth, there are obvious enemies like soft drinks, gummy candies, and tobacco. But there are a surprising number of ways you could be harming your teeth without realizing it.
Today, our team at the office of Jennifer Perkins, DDS, is sharing some of the unusual and somewhat surprising suspects that could be wreaking havoc on your smile.
Sipping on Hot Lemon Water
Health “gurus” from all over the world have touted the benefits of drinking hot lemon water, especially first thing in the morning. But fruit juice can be just as harmful to your teeth as soft drinks.
When you consume lemon juice, even mixed with hot water, you are exposing your teeth to acid that alters the pH in your mouth. The acid from the lemon juice can wear away your enamel, potentially causing irreversible damage. To lessen the impact of the lemon juice,
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is essential for keeping your mouth healthy. But brushing incorrectly could leave you prone to plaque and tartar buildup as well as tooth or gum damage.
With a traditional toothbrush, you should brush for two full minutes with fluoridated toothpaste. You want to make sure you hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and teeth. Apply just enough pressure to effectively clean your teeth, but don’t be too aggressive. Brushing aggressively can cause receding gums.
If you are interested, many of our patients benefit from using an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are easy to use and could be a great solution if you feel your teeth aren’t cleaned as well as they could be with a manual toothbrush.
Not Properly Managing Your Stress
Stress that isn’t properly managed will manifest in many ways that you may not even realize. People who feel stressed or anxious will often subconsciously clench or grind their teeth. This not only wears down your enamel leading to sensitivity and discoloration, but it puts added strain on your jaw.
There are many at-home whitening kits and DIY trends that claim to whiten your teeth without the need for a trip to the dentist’s office. Unfortunately, many of these so-called solutions do more harm than good.
Whether it’s a unique kind of toothpaste or a DIY kit, many of these products may temporarily lift stains, making your teeth appear whiter. But they can also be too abrasive or wear down your enamel, leaving your teeth even more prone to staining than they were before.
If you would like to whiten your smile, we offer professional treatments at our Huntsville, AL office.
Ignoring Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is common among the elderly and people on certain medications. But dry mouth is far from just a nuisance. If not treated, it can leave your teeth more prone to decay. If you suffer from dry mouth, mention it during your next appointment and in the meantime, try to drink as much water as you can throughout the day to stay hydrated.
Schedule Your Next Dentist Appointment Today
If it’s been more than six months since your last checkup, you are overdue for a dentist appointment. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy mouth is to see us regularly for checkups and cleanings.