When you’re a shiny set of teeth, there’s quite a few dangers in the world that are looking to take a piece out of you. A few days ago, we discussed a few of them in “Dental Risks: 3 Fast Ways to Ruin Your Teeth” and today, we’re going to look at a few more.
When it comes to today’s batch of dental dangers, the theme remains more or less the same. That theme, is mindfulness. Not remaining mindful of your teeth is a surefire way to see them, eventually, do the same to you. Part of being mindful is being aware of what you’re putting on them, which brings us to our first danger for this week: throat lozenges.
(to continue with the previous post, numbering of dental risks will remain consecutive. Starting us today at #4.
Dental Risk #4: Throat Lozenges
It’s that time of year again, the seasons are changing and the germs are out in force which has inevitably manifested as a scratchy tickle in your throat. But not to worry! Throat lozenges do a great job of alleviating the pain and making a sore throat just a bit easier to tolerate. But don’t forget! Some lozenges contain a large amount of sugar, which is fuel for plaque and decay. Be careful! Choose a lozenge without sugar or at the very least make sure you’re constantly drinking water to minimize sugar exposure for your teeth.
Dental Risk #5: Brushing too Soon after Consuming Acidy Food
You’ve probably learned from previous blog posts that acid isn’t great for your teeth. You’ve probably also read that to minimize the damage from harmful substances like sugar and acid, you can brush your teeth. But don’t grab your toothbrush too quickly. Acid in your food can also contribute to an overall softening of the tooth structure, which — when combined with the abrasion of your toothbrush — can contribute to faster enamel wear. The simple solution to avoid this is to simply wait at least 30 minutes before brushing. Even more simply, chew sugar-free gum, which will freshen your breath while producing extra saliva to help wash away the acid.
Dental Risk #6: Bottles at Bedtime
This one’s geared toward the parents concerned about pediatric dentistry and nighttime bottle feeding (or the adults who drink out of a baby bottle, which is likely a small group). A bottle at night is bad for one simple reason: whether it’s milk or juice, it bathes your child’s teeth in acid or bacteria for extended periods of time, and encourages them to do so. By leaving bottles out of the crib, you prevent your child’s teeth from getting on the fast-track to decay. You will learn about this and other tips on your child’s first pediatric dental exam.
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There’s dental dangers everywhere, and we’re fighting to keep you informed. If you have general dentistry or pediatric dentistry questions and are a patient in the Anaheim area, we can help. Get in touch with our friendly team today to learn more.