6 usual things that damage your teeth

6 usual things that damage your teeth

A pretty smile is a point in your favor, so that's one more reason to take care of your teeth.

Perhaps you did not know, but there are very common and almost frequent habits that may be playing against you, because without knowing it they are damaging the dental enamel that serves as protection.

1. Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating

Some foods have a high acid content such as french fries, citrus juices, soda and alcoholic beverages such as wine. In those cases it is better to wait for the dental cleaning to wait between 20 to 30 minutes.

The problem is the enamel, which due to acid, immediately begins to lose calcium leaving the softer tooth and brushing worsens the situation,' said Llodra Calvo, expert in preventive and community dentistry at the University of Granada and executive director of the Council General of Dental Associations of Spain.

French fries are a food that can contain a high acid content, and that can damage tooth enamel.

2. Stop biting your nails

The bacteria that we can harbor in the fingernails, in addition to causing an infection in the digestive system, can also damage your oral health.

3. Care when swimming in a pool

Diving in a pool that has been treated with abundant chlorine can damage tooth enamel. This mainly affects those who dedicate 5 to 6 hours of professional swimming or have a continuous practice.

The specialist's recommendation is to use a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash once a week.

4. Do not use teeth as tools

The dentist Llodra Calvo warns that just cutting threads with teeth can cause fissures in the teeth; Although they may be imperceptible, they make them more vulnerable to break with minimal impact.

It would be even more risky for you to use your teeth to remove the veneers from the bottles or to uncover any bottle, so avoid it.

5. Do not chew ice cubes

This bad practice can fracture or crack your teeth, if they have healing with fillings or crowns they are even more delicate.

6. Be careful when brushing and do it the same way

The expert in preventive dentistry advises to do it in four times and for at least two minutes. Start at the top left, continue on the top right, then go to the bottom left and then to the right.

The brushing of each area can be for half a minute, from the gum to the tooth, and should be gently so as not to damage the enamel.


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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