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Everyday Habits That Can Ambush Your Teeth

You brush and floss twice a day, visit the dentist regularly and keep your dental hygiene appointments, what more can we ask of you? It’s not that we don’t appreciate that you are looking after your dental health, we just want you to know about some “teeth traps” that might be derailing all your good work.

For instance, did you know that while fruit juice is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, it is also loaded with sugar, even if it has no extra sugar added. For example, there are only 10 more grams of sugar in orange soda than in orange juice. If you have to have your juice, try diluting it with a little water or rinse with water after drinking.

What harm can the simple (yet delicious) potato chip do to your teeth? Those tricky plaque bacteria can break down starchy foods into acid, which will continue to attack your enamel for up to 20 minutes after you have finished eating, especially if you have chip bits stuck in your teeth.

Now about wine, oh yes we are going there even though you probably don’t want to hear it! The simple truth is that wine is good to drink and bad for your teeth. Wine is acidic and eats away at your tooth enamel just like soda pop, although it looks much better in a crystal wine glass than pop does. 

Red wine also contains a deep pigment called chromogen along with tannins which help the pigment stick to your teeth. This means your teeth will carry on their relationship with the wine long after you’ve finished the bottle. You don’t have to give up wine, just keep its duplicitous nature in mind and try to rinse with water when you finish your glass and brush before you go to bed.

Smoking is all kinds of bad and is a cause of gum disease and oral cancers. Try to quit, ask your dentist for help.

Coffee is acidic and stains your teeth but the stains are usually easily removed with various whitening treatments, ask your dentist.

Don’t chew your pencil or ice cubes because you will crack or chip your teeth. Cough drops are usually loaded with sugar, treat them like candy and don’t go to sleep with one in your mouth. Gummy candies stick to your teeth and let your plaque have a field day producing enamel eating acid for hours. Sour candies have the PH of battery acid, eat them during or right after a meal (if you must have them) and rinse and brush after. FYI - Kids tooth enamel is soft, battery acid dissolves it like a sugar cube in water, you do the math.

Enjoy the little treats in life, just keep in mind that your teeth have to last you a lifetime. Regular visits to Dogwood Dental to see Dr. Lathangue will ensure that you are on the right track. Please feel free to contact us for more information or to book your appointment.