Is Your Daily Routine Destroying Your Smile?
Author: Lauren Conway
Did you know that simple things such as brushing techniques or enjoying your favorite beverage could be ruining your smile? Believe it or not a few simple changes to your routine could save you a lot of hassle and improve the overall look of your smile in the long run.
Start Rethinking Your Technique
Some people naturally have more sensitive teeth than others due to having thinner enamel. Our enamel is the outer layer of the tooth that protects it. There are many reasons why our enamel gets worn down and one main culprit is simply our dental hygiene routine. (1)
We have all been told that simply brushing regularly can help you achieve a healthy smile. Unfortunately, using the wrong technique, brushing too hard or using strong mouth wash could be doing more harm than good without you even realizing.
“Now what?” You may ask. Using softer toothbrushes and brushing more gently can help improve sensitivity. Choose toothpaste that’s labeled as being specifically made for sensitive teeth. These toothpastes won’t contain irritating ingredients and may even include desensitizing ingredients that help block the discomfort from traveling to the nerve of the tooth. When it comes to mouthwash, choose an alcohol and color free formula, as it will be less irritating to sensitive teeth. (1) Did You Know? Mouth rinses can even stain your teeth. Chlorohexidine, a chemical found in most mouth rinses reacts with food additives which may be left on the teeth, particularly tannins, found in beverages such as wine and coffee, and can stain your teeth. (2) Be sure to read all the ingredients in your dental hygiene products, you may be surprised.
How Stains Affect Your Teeth
1) Wine Teeth
Do you have a bad case of wine teeth? If enjoying your favorite glass of red wine has left your teeth looking like they were just colored with red magic marker, then you most definitely have fallen victim to wine teeth. “Red wine is red because of anthocyanins, the red pigment in grapes. It is also high in tannins. Tannins are a kind of biomolecule that help pigment bind and stick to your teeth.” (4)
Not only does wine affect the appearance of your teeth, it is also extremely acidic. According to Daily Mail, when we put acidic drinks in our mouths our enamel starts to dissolve. This is because the acid softens enamel, allowing some of its calcium content to leach out, weakening its structure. When enamel is eventually worn away, nerves underneath can be exposed, leading to sensitivity and pain. (5)
2 ) Your Morning Cup of Joe NO!
As a general rule of thumb, “if it can stain your clothes, it can stain your teeth.” Coffee, similar to wine, contains tannins. When these compounds stick, they can leave an unwanted yellow hue behind on your teeth. Remember, it only takes one cup of coffee a day to cause stained teeth. (3)
Coffee can also cause bacteria to grow in your mouth which can lead to tooth and enamel erosion. This can cause your teeth to become thin and brittle. WOAH, how does that happen!? According to Quartz, Bacteria appear to thrive in the high temperatures and the chemical makeup of the coffee making process itself. Simply not cleaning your coffee pot diligently can be to blame too. Avoid creamer and sugar, as this only speeds up the growth of discoloring bacteria. Drink your coffee in one sitting instead of small sips throughout the day to prevent bacteria buildup. (6) Additionally, drink a glass of water after finishing your coffee to rinse your mouth and teeth. Coffee can also be the blame of your bad breath because it sticks to the tongue. To avoid these problems, eat food before you drink coffee, and use a tongue scraper and toothbrush after you finish drinking. (3)
3) Short Lived Sugar Rush
Eating hard candy is a “double danger” because the hardness can crack a tooth and the sugar can erode tooth enamel, and contribute to gum disease over time. That being said, soft candy is no better. Sweets such as Gummy bears, Fruit Gushers, Sour Worms, and other candies like that are packed full of sugar and can wear down your teeth just as easily.
Although sugar does not stain teeth, the bacteria that eats sugars once they are on the teeth also eats enamel. When enamel is gone, yellow dentin is exposed. This can produce a look that is dingy, discolored, and much less attractive (7)
Many candy and sweets also contain coloring agents and dyes that can stain your teeth. A bright blue tongue might be silly in the moment, but it won’t be so funny when your teeth start to darken. (8)
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What Are You Waiting For?
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