Saturday, May 10, 2014

Surprising Ways You Ruin Your Teeth

Cavities are a pain— literally! So long as you avoid eating and drinking too many sugary treats, however, you’ll stay cavity-free for years, right?

Unfortunately, avoiding too much sugar may not be enough to prevent tooth decay. This is because you may have certain habits that are still facilitating the growth of bacteria. Some surprising habits that ruin your teeth (and that you may be doing) include:


Simply put, the bacteria from your partner’s mouth can easily be transferred to yours when you kiss. Luckily, brushing your teeth and gargling antibacterial mouthwash helps prevent the transfer of excess bacteria.

Eating Dried Fruits

Several fruits are known to provide nutrients that help strengthen teeth. Unfortunately, eating dried fruits have the opposite effect. The fact that water has been removed from fruit means that it now contains a super-concentration of natural sugars. The worst part is that the fruit turns into “glue” and clings to your teeth as you chew it.

Brushing Too Early

You’re advised to brush your teeth after every meal, but don’t do it immediately after eating. The acids from your last meal leave tooth enamel soft. Brushing your teeth too early can thin your teeth out faster. It is recommended that you wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth.


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