We all try to take good care of our teeth, regularly brushing them and attending our dental appointments… But, what if some of the other things we are doing day to day are unintentionally damaging our teeth and oral hygiene. In today’s post we’re going to discuss five things to stop doing to help your teeth in terms of both their health and appearance.
5 Things to Stop Doing to Help your Teeth:
01. Sharing Toothbrushes
Whilst the thought of sharing a toothbrush repulses a lot of people, a recent survey by Oral Health Foundation showed that one in four Brits are, in fact, willing to share. Whilst it may seem pretty harmless, sharing a toothbrush can actually cause a number of dental and other health problems.
When we brush, we’re stopping the build up of plaque on our teeth by physically moving it. Sharing a toothbrush facilitates the transmission of this plaque and other bacteria from one mouth to another which ultimately can lead to the transmission of oral health issues.
02. Not Changing Your Toothbrush Regularly
Our toothbrushes should be changed every few months or so, or when the bristles start bending. Once the bristles have flared, they are far less effective at removing plaque meaning any brushing being done isn’t as effective as it could be. This leaves your teeth and gums more vulnerable to both gum disease and tooth decay.
It’s also recommended to change your toothbrush following an illness, particularly if you store your brushes in close proximity to other peoples’. The takeaway point? Stock up on new brushes or brush heads!
03. Opening Things with your Teeth
Can’t get into a packet? Your teeth may seem like the most convenient tool to use but doing this can lead to them wearing away. Opening bottle tops, in particular, can lead to cracking or chipping. Try and refrain from opening things with your teeth, your dentist and your teeth will thank you.
04. Consuming Lots of Dark Coloured Food and Drink
People always talk about wanting whiter teeth, but what if the things we are consuming day to day are leading to discolouration…
Tea, coffee and red wine are all on the offending list and lead to staining. Reducing your intake of these drinks can go a long way to keep your teeth looking whiter for longer. This hence reduces the need for frequent teeth whitening treatment.
05. At Home Teeth Whitening
DIY Teeth Whitening Kits bought online use a much lower level of hydrogen peroxide than is used by dentists. This means they are far less effective at producing the results that are sought after. Not only this, there are a wealth of other risks associated with using these kits.
It’s important to note that there are regulations for safe levels of hydrogen peroxide here in the UK, but kits bought online from other countries aren’t necessarily under the same level of scrutiny, and hence can be harmful.
Another risk with at home kits is the fit of the mouthguard. If it isn’t a perfect fit, there is a risk of the hydrogen peroxide coming into contact with the gums leading to a risk of blistering and sensitivity.
Here at The Courtyard Clinic, our teeth whitening packages start from £199. Our professionals can whiten your teeth for you, worry-free. All treatments are available with 0% finance, allowing you to split the cost over a number of months.
Get in touch to arrange a free consultation today on 01932 582 949!