It is often easy to grab a few quick snacks throughout the day, but this can be bad for your teeth. Every time you eat something high in carbohydrates, your mouth becomes more acidic as bacteria in your mouth get to work on converting leftover food particles into energy, producing acid as they do so. The acid attacks your teeth, increasing your risk of enamel erosion and cavities. If you need a snack to keep you going, choose foods that help your teeth, such as low sugar yoghurt, cheese or crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Don’t Use Your Teeth as Tools
Next time you struggle to open a packet, reach for the scissors or some other utensil rather than ripping it open with your teeth. You’ll open the packet far more neatly, and you won’t risk chipping or cracking your teeth. If you chew your pen or pencil, or your nails, or like to crunch on ice cubes then you’re also at risk of damaging your teeth.
Get the Most Out of Cleaning Your Teeth
Once your teeth and gums are healthy, it is quite easy to maintain them with a simple daily routine of brushing and flossing. Brush for two minutes twice a day, and make every second count by paying attention to how you clean your teeth. Concentrate on brushing methodically, spending around 30 seconds on each quarter of your mouth. Hold your brush at a 45°angle so it gets right down to the gum line where plaque tends to build up.
The best time to floss is last thing at night, as your mouth is drier while you sleep which enables bacteria to thrive. If you would like any tips on how to brush or floss properly, ask us for a quick practical demonstration at your next check-up.
Healthy teeth can last for life, but only with some loving care and attention.