Bad Habits that May Ruin Your Smile
Ever find yourself chewing on a pencil or pen when you’re deep in thought? Or crunching on ice cubes on a hot summer’s day? While these everyday habits aren’t likely to cause health problems, they can result in chipped or cracked teeth and costly dental repairs.
If you feel compelled to pop a pencil in your mouth or create crushed ice instead of letting your refrigerator do the work, consider softer-on-the-teeth alternatives, like chewing sugar-free gum. Doing so increases saliva production, which can strengthen enamel.
Apples, carrots, cucumbers and celery are other sensible choices when it comes to satisfying your need to chew. These crunchy edibles are not only good for your body, but great for your teeth as well!
Scheduling regular dental checkups is another great way to ensure your teeth are in optimal condition.
A Simple Tip for Coffee and Tea Lovers
Whether we’re getting our a.m. caffeine hit or enjoying a spot of tea, these popular morning pick-me-ups can tarnish our smile. Coffee, in particular, is very acidic which wears away enamel and can result in your teeth having a stained and weak appearance.
Though giving up your coffee or tea habit is the best way to avoid the darkening of your teeth, many people rely on this popular daily practice to get through the day!
Instead, consider rinsing your teeth or drinking water after consuming either drink and limit the amount of coffee and tea you sip throughout the day. The best solution would be to brush your teeth after whenever you can.
Having regular cleanings will also help limit stains and keep your smile bright.
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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy
Just as you want your child to have healthy bones for optimal growth, you want to ensure that they have strong teeth, too. This means limiting foods that can deteriorate them or weaken their development.
Did you know that carbohydrate sugars from crackers and crisps are just as harmful to teeth as sugary sweets? Make sure your child drinks water after eating them and have them brush their teeth if you can.
It’s also important that your child keeps their mouth healthy by brushing morning and night, flossing at least once a day and getting regular dental checkups. Calcium-rich foods such as cheese and milk can also fortify your child’s teeth.
Other good choices include crunchy, teeth-cleaning fruits and vegetables such as apples, celery and carrots. Foods containing phosphorus, such as chicken and eggs, are also good bets.
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