THESE daily habits can cause more damage than good to our teeth than we realise.Our busy lives are filled with activity based on speed and convenience, like grabbing food and drink on-the-go, finding the quickest ways of getting things done, and playing sports without a care in the world.
But most if not all of this daily activity is done without giving much thought to your teeth, and you might not realise how these bad habits are affecting both your smile and your oral health.
Dr Sameer Patel, Clinical Director at specialist dental and orthodontic practice Elleven highlights the biggest offending habits which are detrimental to the quality of our teeth.
Sipping of sugary drinks
The statistics and evidence surrounding the damage fizzy drinks do to your teeth is unprecedented, however don’t just think it’s solely fizzy drinks which cause your teeth damage. With the juicing trend and Nutri-Bullet craze in full swing, green smoothies are all the rage for breakfast, snacking or for a post-gym nutritional boost. But, in reality consuming large quantities doesn’t do your oral health any favours.
Dr Patel said: “These green juices and smoothies are made by blending leafy green vegetables with fruit to sweeten the taste. The juice from fruit and vegetables, especially fruit, tend to have a high acid content which severely damages the enamel of your teeth in a similar way to fizzy drinks. Although fruit and vegetables are considered healthy acids, this is only the case when they are consumed as a whole, rather than as a concentrated juice. Adding milk, which is alkaline, to your smoothies can help to counteract the acid damage to teeth and its calcium rich properties can boost your oral health and strengthen teeth.
“Fruit’s natural sugar, fructose, is also a common cause of cavities as the bacteria in the mouth feed on it, so be careful when you do consume juice as part of a balanced diet. Try to keep these drinks to a minimum and also make sure you drink through a straw. It is always best to try to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth after consuming a green smoothie.”