You may think that regular flossing and brushing and religious visits to the dentist do their fair share in maintaining the overall health of your pearlies. However, there are several saboteurs hiding behind innocent masks, bumping into you at every corner of your daily life, tempting you into overindulgence that can wreak serious havoc on your gums and teeth. What are these things? Watch out for these ten things that are ruining your smile today and try your level best to reduce their appearance in your daily life as much as possible.
1. Bottled water
Probably one of the most innocent things that are ruining your smile, bottled water that is widely available today is deficient in fluoride. Fluoride is an essential component for dental health. It makes the tooth structure decay-resistant. So, the more you chug down bottled water, the less fluoride there will be in your system to fight for the health of your teeth.
As if you didn’t already know! But in addition to yellow teeth, tobacco has many more far reaching consequences that most do not know about. The tar from tobacco forms a film on your teeth that becomes a safe house for bacteria as they go about their usual duty of producing acid and toxins. This, in turn, leads to inflammation of gums, tooth decay and finally tooth loss.
Sorry to spoil your party but somebody has to do the dirty job. While the occasional glass of wine isn’t cause for worry, regular consumption harms the enamel of your teeth. Due to its high acid content, wine can dissolve the structure of the teeth and cause excessive staining. What’s the solution? Don’t give up wine, but instead of swishing the wine around in your mouth, drink it in small sips. And, once you are done, rinse your mouth with plain water.
4. Sports Drink
Yet one of those deceptive things that are ruining your smile, sports drinks have become increasing popular owing to their so-called health benefits. While their contribution to our well-being is questionable, the effects on dental health are far from pleasant. The pH levels in these sports drinks is high enough to cause teeth erosion and wearing away of the tooth enamel. Not just that – being super high in sugar content, they also act as a delightful invitation for bacteria to step in and begin their dance of destruction!