Friday, February 24, 2017

Weird Ways You're Hurting Your Teeth

When it comes to cavities, erosion and other commonplace dental problems, we all know the common culprits; bad brushing, soda, sweets, and so on. While these are all important to watch out for, there are many other things which could be wrecking your smile, which a lot of people are totally oblivious to. Here are some of these hidden dental hazards, and the best way you can keep them at bay.

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Cardio
You may think that long cardio workouts are a universally good thing, but in reality, they can take a heavy toll on your pearly whites. When you compare the oral health of athletes to that of non-exercisers, it’s more or less a given that athletes will have more erosion, the gradual wearing down of enamel. The more time endurance athletes spend training per week, the greater their risk of cavities becomes. This is due to the fact that exercising reduces the amount of saliva you produce, which is filled with minerals that strengthen your teeth and neutralise the acids that cause wear and damage. Fortunately, there’s an easy way around this. Make a point of brushing your teeth before you exercise, and rinsing your mouth out with water after every time you eat something sugary or acidic.
Heartburn
The chest pains you get from heartburn suck, but they’re certainly not the only thing you should be worried about when it comes to this condition. Acid reflux can do permanent damage to your teeth as well. The acid which comes up from your digestive system can cling to your mouth, dissolving the enamel just like the acid from soda and energy drinks does. The difference is that the acid from your stomach is even more potent! If you’ve been having a lot of heartburn, it’s important to keep tabs on what it’s doing to your teeth. Any established dental clinic like Platinum Smile Dental will be able to check for signs of erosion located at the back of your mouth, which is the most common sign of acid reflux damage. After that, if necessary, you can talk to your general physician, and ask them for the best solution for tackling your heartburn. Prescription medication can often be the best solution. This brings me onto my next point…
Medication
While medication is essential to maintaining and protecting our health, too much of it can have some serious drawbacks. If you’re taking dozens of different meds for allergies, blood pressure, cardiovascular health and various other things, it can lead to a dry mouth. This may not sound like much of a side effect in itself, but it can totally wreak havoc on your teeth. This is due to saliva protecting against the acids that are behind erosion and decay. A simple way around this is chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free hard sweets through the day, which will help to stimulate your saliva glands. You should also try to stay away from sugary and acidic foods in general. It may be worth bringing up your dry mouth to your physician, and seeing if there’s any alternatives you could use.

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