Your teeth have many friends: toothpaste, floss, fluoride, water, healthy foods, and of course, your Bourbonnais dentist, Dr. Fogel! But did you know the health and well-being of your pearly whites could be under attack from dental enemies?
It’s true! You might be able to identify a few smile nemeses – candy and soda might have sprung to mind. But there are a few lesser-known enemies that could wage war on your smile:
ICE CHEWING. Ice on its own isn’t bad, but ice chewing can cause wear on the surface of teeth and can weaken enamel. If your teeth are already chipped or worn down, ice shards could crack and/or damage them further.
DIET SODA. We regularly meet Bourbonnais dental patients that drink diet soda, believing it won’t have the same damaging effects on their teeth as the sugary stuff. The truth is that BOTH are bad for your oral health because of high levels of acidity. The acids in diet soda weaken and wear down tooth enamel, ultimately leaving teeth without a main source of protection.
BOTTLE TOPS. Don’t ever use your teeth to open beer or soda bottles. You could chip your teeth, scratch your gums, or even cause jaw joint problems.
SUGARY SPORTS DRINKS. Like soda and diet soda, sports drinks are high in sugar content and acid, which could lead to cavities and excessive wear and tear. Skip the sports drinks and choose water instead.