5 surprising things that might be damaging your dental health

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The general mentality regarding clean teeth often revolves around the routine of “brush, floss, rinse, and repeat.”

But even if you do everything the dentist tells you, there’s a good chance that your daily habits could still damage your teeth without you even knowing it. 

From stress to sports here’s five things that you didn’t know could damage your dental health.

1. Stress

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Stressed out / Shutterstock

Here’s one you most likely deal with on a regular basis. Stress can contribute to teeth grinding, tooth decay, dry mouth, and canker sores. Grinding or clenching your teeth can wear down the protective enamel and even cause them to crack or break. Stress can also decrease your ability to fight infection which can contribute to gum disease. If you suffer from headaches, particularly in the morning, let your dentist know. You might be clenching your teeth overnight. Your dentist might even recommend a night guard to protect your teeth. Find out more by clicking here.

2. Brushing too hard

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Brushing teeth / Shutterstock

Don’t be tricked by the common misconception that you need to brush your teeth super hard to get them clean. If you wear your enamel away or cause your gums to recede then you’re more susceptible to sensitivity and/or tooth decay. That’s why it’s recommended to use a soft toothbrush and brush for at least two minutes, twice a day. Brush every surface of the tooth and avoid scrubbing. If you use an electric toothbrush, ensure that you read the directions or talk to your dentist about the appropriate use so you don’t damage your teeth.

3. Pregnancy

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Pregnant / Shutterstock

Just like your body, your dental health can be affected by hormonal changes. Some common signs include sore, puffy and bleeding gums. Be on the lookout and prevent these problems by brushing twice and flossing daily. Try to eat a nutritious diet and limit any sugary treats to mealtimes. If you’re pregnant or considering it then visit your dentist for an exam.

4. Beverages

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Beverage / Shutterstock

Some drinks, such as sports drinks and soda, might have you thinking you’re rehydrating your body, but the truth is they’re high in sugar which creates an ideal environment for cavities to develop. You’re even more likely to become victim to this if you continuously sip throughout the day. It’s also important to note that acidic drinks can also damage the protective tooth enamel. Moral of the story? Reach for water more often and click here for more information.

5. Sports

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Boxer / Shutterstock

Sports can cause tooth related injuries ranging from tooth loss to lacerated gums to jaw fractures which is common among children and adults.  Prevent this from happening by using a mouthguard – not only are they recommended for sports like hockey, football, and wrestling, but they’re a great tool for preventing injuries in any recreational sport. It’s amazing how a piece of plastic can protect against trauma to the teeth, gums, soft tissues, and supporting bones. Chat with your dentist to ask about your options and find out more by clicking here.

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