Though there are dental clinics in SM City North EDSA where we could always rely on to keep our teeth healthy, it is always important to consider the things we do to our teeth. In addition, prevention is always better than cure.
In the previous article, the different kinds of food an individual should start eating for healthy teeth was discussed. Now, let’s take a look at some of the things individuals could possibly do to personally protect their teeth.
Avoid eating too many sweets. Sweets like cakes, candies, and gummy bears could always bring joy, not only for little children, but for everyone. However, anything that is too much is bad. Eating too many sweets takes you closer and closer to tooth decay. Sugar coated and gummy like candies with sticky structure is the perfect formula to have a toothache. The candy covers the teeth with sticky particles which hinder the production of saliva. This also slows down the natural capability of the mouth to clean itself.\
Avoid crunching of ice. Ice does not contain sugar and is basically made from water. Since it is made from water, you might think that it is good for your teeth and gums, but it is harmful to crunch ice using your teeth. Crunching ice with your teeth makes your teeth weaker, so much that it can potentially break the teeth.
In the absence of a pair of scissors, how would you open your favorite pack of chips? You use your teeth for easy opening, right? Using teeth to tear up a pack of chips would take lesser time, but it could chip off at the enamel and have long term effects. Tearing objects scratches the tooth’s surface, making it crack or chip so don’t use teeth as a scissor substitute.
Avoid putting unnecessary metals in your mouth. May it be a “special” stainless steel piercing, putting a tongue and/or lip piercing may cause harm to oral health. When the metal piercing is bitten, there is a possibility that it could crack the teeth. Additionally, metal particles could have a reaction to the production of saliva and may cause gum damage.
Stop biting objects. It may be mannerisms that you cannot avoid doing, but biting objects like the end of your pencil or your fingernails are not good for your teeth. Constantly doing these weaken the teeth.
Brush your teeth. You may always avoid everything written above, but without brushing your teeth, every other effort will go to waste. We always eat, and the food we take would surely come meet our teeth. There would be food particles left on the teeth’s surface and its in-between so it is so important that you brush and clean teeth to avoid the production of plaque and tartar. It is ideal to brush your teeth at least twice a day or thirty minutes after every meal.
Generally, human teeth are made for eating. It is a privilege of human beings to break down the food we eat for easy digestion. And as we grow older, other body systems would slow down including digestion.