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3 Ridiculously Simple Ways to Protect Your Teeth

3 Ridiculously Simple Ways to Protect Your Teeth

 

Sweets, soda and fruit juices can really do a number on your teeth’s enamel. And it’s not just processed, unhealthy foods, either; citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit can also eat away at enamel. Over time, eroded enamel can cause pain and sensitivity in your teeth form hot, cold and sweet foods and can contribute to yellowing. Short of avoiding enamel-eroding foods all together, there are a few things on top of your regular dental care routine that you can do to prevent enamel erosion.

1.  Don’t Brush Your Teeth.. For at least 1 hour after you’ve had acidic foods, at least! Right after you’ve eaten an acidic food, your enamel is at its softest. Brushing right away will actually help further the erosion.

2. Use a Straw. If your soft spot is sugary sodas and fruit juices, try to drink them with a straw as much as possible, or at least swallow the beverage as quickly as possible. When it comes down to it, the less exposure your teeth have to acids, the better. You can also swish a little water after you’ve had your fix.

3. Get a New Toothbrush. Soft bristles are your best bet. And, even with a soft brush, don’t brush too vigorously.

 

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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7:37PM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

#4: NEVER chew ice cubes! I am a terrible ice-chewer, and paid for it with a cracked tooth. Crown was 1700 clams. Ouch!

1:27AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

Flossing regularly is imperative.....

1:02PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

As to the straw, there are both digestive and environmental reasons to NOT use a straw. Swallowing acidic drinks quickly deprives you of the taste ... and so you also drink more of them. This is a poorly thought out suggestion. Taste is not in the stomach but on the tongue (and through the nose), so this is an offer to drink more of the same thing of which one should be drinking less.

As to # 3 ... you need to add flossing, or # 3 is one step forward, two steps back. Flossing has heart benefits, too. I wouldn't have believed it, but it's true.

4:03PM PST on Mar 8, 2014

thanks. The not brushing for an hour after food is something I follow.

5:00PM PST on Feb 17, 2014

Thanks for the tips.

12:37PM PST on Feb 12, 2014

never thought about

7:34AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Thanks 4 the tips!

6:27PM PST on Feb 3, 2014

Thanks.

12:56AM PST on Jan 29, 2014

thank you for posting :)

11:29AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

:)

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