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5 Bad Habits You Should Avoid To Keep Your Teeth in Its Prime Condition

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We all want our teeth to look great naturally without using any superficial teeth whitening treatments but that is only possible if you take precautionary measure to maintain the prime condition of your teeth. We usually do not realize it but our everyday careless habits may have a negative effect on the appearance and most importantly, the health of our pearly whites.

Here are 5 bad habits that you should avoid in order to keep your teeth in their prime condition.

Stop Chewing On Ice

Even though ice is 100% sugar free and natural, it doesn’t necessarily have to be good for your teeth. Chewing on ice regularly several times a day may make your teeth extremely sensitive to hot and cold food items and even chip off your teeth. Chomping on ice can even irritate the soft tissues of the teeth that may result in frequent mind numbing toothaches. If you feel like chewing on ice next time, start chewing sugarless gum instead.


Say No to Bedtime Bottles

Parents unknowingly trigger the onset of tooth decay when they give their babies a nighttime feed. This may help you baby to sleep but it may trigger tooth decay if the little one sleeps with the bottle in her mouth and leaves the teeth in a pool of sugary substance. It is best to avoid nighttime bottles of formula, juice or milk but if that does not seem like a viable option, rinse your baby’s mouth as soon as the feed is complete.

Trendy Tongue Piercings

Tongue piercings these days have become the talk of the town and many teenagers get their tongues pierced but it poses some serious oral healthcare risks. Not only can tongue piercings can cause infections and sores in the mouth due to bacteria buildup but it can also damage the gums when the metal stud keeps rubbing on the surface of the gums.


Avoid Cough Drops

Cough drops are sold in the medicine aisle but that does not mean they are healthy for your teeth. Cough drops like any other hard candy are laden with sugars that become a treat for plaque causing bacteria. This bacterium turns the sugars into acids and eats away the teeth; resulting in painful cavities.


Steer Clear from Gummy Bears

Kids and adults alike love gummy bears. But these sugary treats promote tooth decay. The gummy particles of the treats get stuck into the nooks and crannies of the teeth and activate the plaque causing bacteria. If you still cannot resist having gummy bears, the best time to have them is between meals instead of having them as a standalone snack because the excess saliva produced in the mouth will wash away any stuck food debris in the mouth and prevent your teeth from cavities.

These are the 5 every day bad habits that you can steer clear from to promote healthy teeth. Are there any bad habits that you think may ruin your teeth? Leave us a comment giving us your valuable feedback.

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