Little Mistakes That Are Hurting Your Teeth
- Posted on: Mar 15 2016
Keeping your teeth healthy, clean, and white takes daily effort, but if you are making any of these common little mistakes, you could be doing more harm than good. Here are a few mistakes to watch out for.
Brushing your teeth is important, but brushing them incorrectly can cause damage or leave you with teeth that aren’t completely clean. Common brushing mistakes include:
- Brushing too quickly—To get your mouth completely clean, you need to brush for at least two minutes. If brushing your teeth is the last thing you do before rushing out the door in the morning, you may not be spending enough time. Set a timer or listen to a song to remind yourself to brush for two whole minutes for a cleaner mouth.
- Brushing too hard—Brushing your teeth too hard can wear down your enamel, which is the outer layer of your teeth that protects everything underneath. Brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and make small circles with the toothbrush to clean your teeth without wearing down the enamel.
- Whitening Mistakes
The biggest whitening mistake is to whiten your teeth on your own. While some over-the-counter products are safe, others can wear down your enamel and permanently damage your teeth. This is also a problem with at-home remedies that use things like baking soda or lemon juice. If you’d like whiter teeth, ask your dentist about professional whitening. Some dentists offer in-office whitening and some offer a safe take-home kit that allows you to whiten your teeth at home without damaging your enamel.
Eating and drinking the right things can keep your teeth healthy and strong, but the wrong foods and beverages can be harmful. Common dietary mistakes that hurt your teeth include:
- Eating too much sugar—Sugar fuels the bacteria in your mouth and contributes to the buildup of plaque and tartar.
- Drinking acidic beverages—Acid breaks down your enamel. Your enamel not only protects the rest of your tooth, it is also the whitest part of your tooth, so damaging the enamel can leave you with weaker teeth that are less white and more prone to stains.
- Drinking dark beverages—Dark beverages like coffee, red wine, and black tea can all stain your teeth, especially if you consume them often. Sip your beverages through a straw or rinse your mouth out with water if you’re drinking something dark.
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