The 10 things that can make your smile worse for wear!

Having a beautiful smile is a sign of health, taking good care of oneself and being aware of the importance that teeth have in maintaining a good quality of life throughout the years. This is why it is very important to pay attention to every detail when it comes to your dental care: the quality of the products you use, the correct way to clean teeth, making sure you don’t miss your dental check ups.In addition to that, in order to make teeth stronger and fight back bacteria attack our daily diet should feature fruits, vegetables and foods that contain a lot of calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus. On the other hand, we should steer clear of certain foods and bad habits that may increase the risk of dental cavities and infections that often lead to serious dental illnesses.

Today we decided to round up the less known 10 things that can ruin your smile by increasing the chances of infections, the presence of bacteria and weaken your teeth defenses.

1. Bottled water

Did you know that bottled water often contains less fluoride than tap water? Fluoride is an essential element to remineralise teeth and remineralisation is extremely important to prevent bacteria from causing cavities.According to recent studies, the best source of fluoride is water fluoridation therefore if you buy bottled water, make sure to check the label to see if it contains a good amount of fluoride (check for the daily requirement % details)

2. Wine

All of you out there who regularly drink wine, be aware! Both red and white wine can weaken your tooth enamel and make teeth less resistant to bacteria attack.

To prevent enamel erosion, when drinking wine make sure to take sips of water in between of sips of wine. Water will help reduce the presence of wine in your mouth.

3. Being pregnant

Pregnant women go through a series of body changes that also affect oral health. Hormone level changes in particular can lead to gingivitis while morning sickness and vomiting put  pregnant women at risk of enamel erosion.When pregnant, women should undergo dental check ups every 3-4 months while also being on the lookout for swollen and tender gums as well as cavities.

4. Pills to loose weight

Just like some other over the counter medication, diet pills often reduce saliva flow in your mouth leading to dry mouth. Saliva is essential to clean teeth and neutralise bacteria. If the flow of saliva decreases, you are automatically at a higher risk of inflammations and tooth decay.
Try to avoid dieting pills and if a certain medication causes you to experience dry mouth, ask your doctor if there is another medication available for your condition.

5. Birth control pills

Just like pregnancy, birth control pills can increase the risk of gingivitis. If you are using birth control pills, you should pay extra attention to your gums. From time to time check if your gums feel tender or bleed when you brush teeth. If you notice tenderness or blood, make an appointment with your dentist and discuss the best way to make sure your gums are healthy.

6. Brushing teeth immediately after having a meal

Depending on what we eat, sometimes it may not be the best idea to wash teeth right after a meal. Some foods and drinks contain high amounts of acids (soft drinks, wine, coffee, citrus fruits etc.) and if you brush your teeth right after eating or drinking these, you may increase the risk of enamel erosion.The best advice is to wait for at least half an hour after you had a meal before washing your teeth.
Also, if you eat cheese or a dairy product after having something high in acids you will neutralise the latter in your mouth.

7. Home kit whitening products

While not all home whitening products are dangerous for your teeth, some are. There are products out there that contain high levels of chemical agents that lead to enamel erosion, weakened teeth and dental sensitivity.When you buy whitening products, make sure to check with your dentist first if the product is a good one.Also, never use whitening products for long periods of time.

8. Fizzy, soft and sports drinks

Yes we know, sometimes you simply can’t resist the urge to drink a nice glass of your favorite soft drink or a sports drink if you like exercising. And that is ok if you do it with moderation (not too often or on a daily basis). Soft drinks often contain huge amounts of sugars as well as acids and these are bad for your dental health.
If you simply can’t resist a soft drink, we advise you to drink it through a straw to reduce the time of contact between the liquid and your teeth. Also, chew a sugar-free gum after having a soda and as we mentioned before in regards to washing your teeth after drinking or eating something high in acids, wait at least 30 minutes before washing your teeth.

9. Anything that sticks to your teeth

Foods that stick to your teeth such as some kinds of candy, licorice, short cakes and so on are terrible for your dental health. These foods are hard to wash off unless you have a tooth brush with you and if you don’t, the contact between the sugars in these foods and your teeth increase the risk of cavities in a major way.
If you do like sticky sweets, avoid eating these throughout the day. It is better to have a sugary snack once a day and then wash your teeth than having them multiple times a day increasing even more the risk of tooth decay.

10. Using mouthwash before brushing your teeth

Did you know that if you use mouthwash before brushing your teeth you risk to stain your teeth?Some mouthwashes when in contact with certain substances (that may well be some food residues) cause teeth stain. This is why you should always brush your teeth and floss before using a mouthwash!

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