Things you do every day that can ruin your teeth, Part 1
Teeth go through a lot every day and we can often take our dental health for granted. Unfortunately, there are quite a few common habits that can slowly wreak havoc on your teeth.
Brushing your teeth right after a meal is actually bad
You may have been told to brush your teeth after every meal, but that advice might actually be flawed. Scrubbing your smile right after eating or drinking might do more harm than good.
Right after you eat or drink acidic foods, you have a period where the pH of your mouth is more acidic and the teeth are essentially ‘softer.’ If you brush your teeth right after, you are actually fracturing the enamel on your teeth.
It is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything acidic (such as citrus fruit, coffee, or carbonated beverages) before brushing your teeth. This will give your saliva time to buffer and remineralize your enamel before the abrasive effects of brushing can wear it away.
Snacking constantly exposes your teeth to acid
It can be hard to resist the urge to snack, but having numerous small meals throughout the day can actually put you at an increased risk for cavities.
As soon as you eat anything, the acid levels in your mouth spike below the demineralization level of pH 5.5. Over a period of time over the next 20 to 30 minutes, your saliva neutralizes this effect and repairs some of the damage.
When you graze throughout the day, your teeth are constantly exposed to an acidic oral environment. This increases your risk for tooth decay or irreversible demineralization. Though you shouldn’t let yourself go hungry, eating larger meals instead of snacks might be good for your smile.
Sipping on sparkling water does more damage than you think
Recently, carbonated water beverages have gained popularity due to the fact they are a far healthier alternative to sugary soda. Unfortunately, sparkling water can still be more damaging to your teeth than plain old still water.
Tooth enamel begins to demineralize or break down, at a pH of 5.5. Most carbonated beverages have pH levels below this critical level. Swapping out all your still water for sparkling might lead to enamel loss.
Repeated exposure of tooth enamel to highly acidic substances can lead to increased tooth erosion. Sipping on carbonated drinks throughout the day is not the best idea if you want to maintain the healthiest teeth.
You should also be conscious of what other ingredients may be in your sparkling beverage. Aside from added sugars, citrus-flavored carbonated water has a higher acidity than plain sparkling water.
- resource: This Isinsider