As a family and cosmetic dentist in Tigard, our staff at Tigard Family Dental wants all of our patients to enjoy the very best oral health possible. Enjoying great looking teeth and gums not only means brushing and flossing daily, but also avoiding potentially harmful habits that can destroy tooth enamel and increase your risk of decay. So you can keep smiling brightly for years to come, here are a few tips on what to avoid for the sake of your oral health.
Despite what you might read on Facebook, the rumor that drinking diet soda does the same amount of damage to your teeth as smoking meth isn’t entirely accurate. But here’s how that idea spread. Last year, a study published in the journal General Dentistry discovered that consuming highly acidic compounds – like diet soft drinks or methamphetamine – can erode tooth enamel. This can cause lasting oral health issues, as well as permanent stains on the surface of your teeth. While there’s no denying that drugs like meth pose a far greater risk to your health, drinking soda does possess some serious consequences to your teeth and gums.
Frozen Candy Bars
While maybe not for everyone, the habit of freezing a candy bar holds some appeal to a lot of people who enjoy a little added crunch to their favorite treat. Unfortunately, biting down on something frozen presents some serious hurdles for your oral health. Chomping down on something hard results in a vector force that can crack a tooth and send pain signals down into your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as the ligaments and muscles strain in response. It’s not just frozen candy you should avoid eating, as munching on ice cubes, hard bread and rock candy can also result in cracking a tooth.
Corn on the Cob
One of the best things about summer – eating fresh corn straight off the cob – can also present some oral health issues. The problem stems from the soft, stringy parts of corn becoming lodged between your teeth. Left in place, these lingering food particles can provide oral bacteria with the fuel needed to produce substances that erode away at enamel. Since corn using gets lodged between teeth, brushing often isn’t enough to remove the food particles at night. If you can’t resist eating corn from the cob, make sure you floss after eating or before bed to reduce your risk of decay.
Scalding Hot Coffee
This may seem pretty obvious, but it pays to wait a few minutes before sipping your hot coffee in the morning. When you drinking something that’s too hot you end up pealing offer the superficial layer of skin on the roof of your mouth and tongue. Even though your mouth heals fairly quickly, the resulting trauma could cause you to change how you eat and drink, which may result in injury.
We mentioned it early, but it bears repeating that you should never munch on ice cubes no matter how thirsty. Biting down on a frozen cube of water send feedback to your jaw muscles, causing you to experience pain when you open and close your mouth. Additionally, biting into something hard can cause micro-fractures in your teeth. Better to wait for that ice to melt than risk your oral health.
If you have any other questions about what can harm your oral health, feel free to as your family and cosmetic dentist in Tigard at Tigard Family Dental.