Are you unknowingly damaging your teeth? Before it comes to seeing a restorative dentist and/or researching cosmetic dental procedures, the best cosmetic dentists are trying to increase awareness of the many ways patients are ruining their teeth (and without knowing it, too!). What are some shocking ways you are doing permanent harm to your smile?
Can Oral Contraceptives Ruin Your Teeth?
Unfortunately, many women do not realize all of the side effects of hormonal birth control. “Because oral contraceptives mimic pregnancy, they can also lead to gum inflammation and infections, including gingivitis,” ABC News explains. “Some studies have shown that women who use birth control pills may have more trouble healing after tooth extractions and are twice as likely to develop painful dry sockets where the tooth used to be.” Talk to traditional or restorative dentists before treatments and procedures — and disclose all medications, including oral contraceptives.
Brushing Immediately After Meals May Do More Harm Than Good
Highly acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus fruits, coffee, tea, and wine, can erode the enamel — or protect coating — on your teeth. Brushing immediately after meals will accelerate this effect. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth 45 minutes to an hour after meals to give acidic foods and drinks time to neutralize.
Starchy Foods May Be Just As Bad As Sweets!
“The refined carbohydrates found in saltines and many other types of crackers convert to sugar in the mouth very quickly, providing fodder for cavity-forming bacteria,” ABC News explains. In other words, foods with refined carbohydrates — including crackers, breads, and pastries — convert to sugar, ultimately increasing the likelihood of cavities just as much as sweets.
Taking care of your teeth starts by knowing the small ways you may be damaging them. Talk to your healthcare provider about all effects of contraceptive pills, avoid starchy foods, and brush your teeth an hour after meals whenever possible. Continue reading here.