Oral care is very important. The teeth are an important part of the body because they don’t just serve as a tool for eating, they also help in pronunciation and speech. That is the reason it’s important to always take care of the teeth. Sadly though, not a lot of people pay attention to what they put on their mouth (oral care) until they begin to suffer some type of pain or discomfort. If you aren’t mindful of what you eat and drink, you can risk your oral health. Here are some of the things we do that expose us to Ill oral health.
BITING ON HARD SURFACES WITH YOUR TEETH
I know a lot of people who use their teeth as a cork opener, and a hard wire cutter. The teeth may seem indestructible, but it actually can get damaged. It can pull or get chipped if used wrongly. The teeth are for soft food only.
CONSUMING EXCESSIVE SOFT DRINKS
Soft drinks taste good, and they can be addictive, but the truth is that they have a lot of sugar and acidic content that can wear off the teeth enamel over time.
CHEWING ON LOZENGES
They are good for soothing sore throats but most have some sugar added. If you happen to chew them, they coat your teeth just as regular candy would. So, be sure to brush your teeth afterward to avoid cavities.
CHEWING ON ICE
It’s very fun to do it, however, it’s a dangerous habit that can ruin your teeth. Allow your frozen drinks and food to defrost before consuming them to avoid weakening or chipping your teeth.
While it may seem like a fashion statement, you pose the risk of infection. Also, metal consistently rubbing against your gum can weaken the gum.
EATING A LOT OF STARCHY FOOD
Starchy foods like potato chips, yam, plantain, etc can cause harm to the teeth when they stay in there longer than necessary because of their nature. After you eat them, they are broken down into acids, so unless you brush thoroughly or floss, you risk teeth damage.
GRINDING THE TEETH
It’s a crazy habit, but one so many people do — sometimes, unconsciously, especially in their sleep. Over time, this habit can wear the teeth and even cause pain. It is best to wear a mouth guard at night if you suffer this problem.
Keep your teeth safe. You may not get another.