LIFE IS SHORT SMILE WHILE YOU STILL HAVE TEETH
Foods that cause teeth stains
- dark soda
- fruit juices
- sports drinks
Ways protect teeth stains by
- Brushing teeth immediately after eating.
- Rinsing your mouthwith water.
Some of the ways to protect teeth
Five habits that can wreck your teeth are:
1.Using your teeth as tools
- Do you tear open bags of potato chips, or twist off bottle caps with your teeth? Using your mouth in lieu of a pair of scissors or a bottle opener might seem like a convenient shortcut, but it could actually land you in the dentist‘s chair. “You shouldn’t use your teeth to open bottles, or to rip open packages,” says Dr. Euan Swan, manager of dental programs at the Canadian Dental Association. “There’s the potential to fracture a tooth. If you’re using a back tooth, you could damage a filling or crown.” Tooth chips, cracks, and fractures can create openings for tooth decay to take hold. In serious cases, a broken tooth may have to be permanently removed, and replaced with a dental implant.
2.Chewing ice cubes
Crunching ice cubes can chip away at the enamel of your teeth, or cause a tooth to break. And if your mouth is home to several fillings, an icy snack can be even more perilous. “If a tooth has a filling, its strength is compromised to a degree. If you chomp down on ice, you could damage the tooth,” says Swan.
3.Playing sports without a mouthguard
It’s common to see professional athletes in football, hockey and boxing wearing mouthguards, but oral protection is also important for recreational athletes of all ages. “In any sport where you could potentially be hit in the face, a mouthguard is a good thing,” says Swan. Different styles of mouthguards are available, ranging from the cheapest option – ‘boil-and-bite’ mouthguards that you can make at home with DIY kits – to customized guards created by your dentist. This version is pricier, but offers an exact fit as well as comfort and protection. Not sure if you need one? Put your money where your mouth is – the cost of fixing damaged teeth will be considerably higher than the price of a mouthguard.