5 Things You May Not Know About Looking After Your Teeth
Don’t rinse your mouth after brushing
All the goodness in the toothpaste is just washed away! Once you have finished brushing, just spit the paste and rinse your brush, leave a coating of paste on your teeth and it will protect your teeth for longer
All fizzy drinks can damage your teeth
It’s not just sweet fizzy drinks that damage teeth, even fizzy water can! Fizz will soften the enamel on your teeth and can cause acid erosion. If you are going to drink something fizzy do it through a straw as this will reduce the amount of time that the acid is in contact with your teeth.
Fruit juice and smoothies are not as healthy as you think
When it comes to sugar your teeth don’t care whether it’s natural or processed, it’s sweet all the same. Avoid fruit juice as its’ very acidic and full of sugar. Smoothies are packed with sugar that is released when the fruit is pulped. It is much better to eat the whole fruit instead, that way you get the benefit of the fibre and reduce the sugar intake.
Chocolate is better for your teeth than raisins
Raisins are packed with sugar and are very sticky too. When you eat them, they get stuck in the teeth for longer. Chocolate dissolves quicker in the mouth and tends not to stick in the teeth. It is better to eat the sweet stuff all in one go rather graze over a period of time as your teeth never quite recover from the sugar hit that way.
Night time brushing is the most important
When we sleep our saliva production drops. Saliva is very important in protecting our teeth and so if there is any food left on our teeth at night it will do more damage. Remember not to forget the night time brushing however tired you are- your teeth will thank you for it!
At Andrew House Dental Practice we have a wealth of knowledge and our professionals will be happy to give you individual advice on looking after your teeth so you can keep them for life. We have a dedicated hygienist that will give you the latest advice on diet, brushing and gum care- give us a call or visit our website. We look forward to seeing you.
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