You only get one mouth, and whatever you do to it, is what you are going to be stuck with for life. More than that, you only get one set of adult teeth to work with for your entire adult life, and if you damage them or allow them to fall into disrepair, you are looking at a lot of expensive issues that will require professional dental health. Here are a few habits that you need to stop if you are going to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
The first habit that you need to stop to have the healthiest teeth possible is eating too much sugary foods. Sugary foods are catastrophic for your teeth, as they are the leading cause of cavities and tooth decay. The sugars in sugary foods stay on your teeth and eat away at your enamel, boring holes in your teeth and cause all sorts of decay. If you truly want to keep your teeth as healthy as possible, cut back on sugary foods and brush your teeth thirty minutes after eating sweets to get rid of the sugar left on your teeth.
The next bad habit that you need to stop to maintain healthy teeth all lifelong is grinding your teeth. Many people grind their teeth all the time, when they are stressed, when they are bored, or even when they are asleep. But grinding your teeth can be one of the worst things you can do to your teeth. Grinding your teeth will gradually degrade your tooth enamel. If you don’t find a way to stop yourself from grinding your teeth now, then you will have some tooth decay that could be irreversible. Consider a mouth guard at night if you grind in your sleep to prevent grinding.
The final habit that you need to stop if you want healthier teeth is to quit smoking. At the end of the day, regular, habitual smoking is the worst thing that you can do for your long-term dental health. Smoking exposes your mouth, gums, lungs, and teeth to all sorts of carcinogens and tartar that can destroy your dental health over a lifetime. The only way to prevent this is to quit smoking as soon as you can. It will do wonders for your dental health and overall health.
Your smile is one of the first things that other people notice, so it’s in your best interest to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. While this list is about the things you should avoid, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your teeth strong.
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