Good dental hygiene includes brushing your teeth after eating, flossing regularly, and visiting experts from preventative dentistry for cleanings and checkups. If you are practicing this, then you are doing a good job at caring for your teeth. However, you might be engaging in other activities, which cause erosion of the teeth and compromise your overall dental health.
Are you brushing your teeth right after eating?
The regular brushing may seem only natural to do, but how you do it may eventually damage your teeth. Remember, the mouth has its own pH level. Saliva helps balance the pH level in the oral cavity and neutralizes the acidity brought by food and drinks. Also, wait for at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating. If you brush your teeth straight after meals, you are brushing acid into the enamel of your teeth, which could lead to erosion and sensitivity.
Are you using a toothbrush with hard bristles?
Be kind to your teeth. Never use hard-bristled toothbrush but instead, use either soft or medium bristled toothbrush. The hard bristles of your toothbrush may not only scrape away tooth enamel and root surface, it can also cut or damage your gums.
Are you into dark-colored drinks?
A study shows that dark-colored drinks like coke and rum are the top offenders of human teeth. These drinks have very low pH, which means they are more acidic. Putting in acid into your mouth may cause damage to your teeth. You may consider drinking lighter-colored drinks on your next meal, champagne for example. They contain a pH value, which is slightly higher hence may only cause lesser damage compared to dark-colored drinks.
Are you drinking Apple cider vinegar (ACV)?
ACV is said to provide more than enough health benefits to its believers. While it is true that it contains lots of positive things, its acidity can damage your teeth. Makers of ACV claim that drinking this on a regular basis can boost immunity, give healthy glowing skin, cure bloating, and can aid in weight loss. They fail, however, to educate consumers that since ACV is vinegar, it has a pH value of 3.075.
The apple cider vinegar is typically just an apple juice but was fermented twice. The process transforms the juice into vinegar. As a health supplement, it contains a mixture of probiotics helpful in cleansing the body and stimulating regular body processes.
Although ACV enthusiasts rinse their teeth with water after drinking, usually, this is not enough. According to dental professionals, this does not wash off the acidity entirely. It is also not advisable to brush your teeth after drinking ACV as you will only be spreading the acid to the rest of your teeth.
Have you tried brushing with charcoal?
It may sound absurd, but a lot of people are doing this in an effort to whiten their teeth. Activated charcoal is said to have an ability to help whiten teeth and some other users claim that it aids in absorbing stains and toxins from teeth. Preventative dentistry professionals, on the other hand, see this as a serious threat to your teeth. Scrubbing hard things on your teeth can damage your teeth enamel that can lead to sensitivity and discoloration eventually.