More than being merely beautiful, your teeth are an important part of your daily life. They have to stay healthy to help keep you looking good and feeling well. There are some super simple steps to keep your teeth healthy and keep your smile looking great—whether for a job interview or a special somebody.
Brush Twice a Day
Yeah, you already know this. But, do you know why? Your teeth are made of one of the hardest substances in your body, enamel, but even it can be damaged. When you brush, you’re getting food particles off of your teeth, which is going to keep your breath fresh. Rotting food can make your mouth smell like a garbage can. Scrubbing away food particles means they don’t decompose into acids and make tooth decay, because cavities, little holes in the enamel, not only look gross but hurt a lot. Brushing, though, can prevent that and make sure your teeth as an adult look just as nice as now. Flossing is super easy and keeps you from getting cavities, too.
Avoid Hard Candy
Ok, ok, not ALL candy is forbidden. But, when using your strongest molars to chomp down on crunchy things like hard candy, a popcorn kernel, or ice, your teeth can break. Just like with any bone that gets broken, a tooth break is not only painful but also frustrating and expensive. A broken tooth can become infected if left untreated. Dental care is needed to repair it. If this worries you, don’t let it. There are amazing, pain-free dental offices trained to work with those who get nervous about repairs. Talk to your dentist like you would any doctor. They want to help!
Use Your Teeth for Food…Only
Whether it’s cutting a bit of string or opening a bag of chips, it seems second nature to use your teeth for things that aren’t food. Many adults have small tears in their enamel that eventually cracks, from using their front teeth to cut string. It’s not harmful right away, but it can be over time. Chewing pencils is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth, so try to avoid it if you can. If your jaw hurts after sleep, you might be clenching your jaw at night. This can also hurt your teeth, so look into sleeping in some kind of mouthguard. It’ll help both your jaw pain and protect your teeth. If this is something you’d like to look into, your dentist will probably have some good recommendations for a suitable mouthguard to wear at night.
Your teeth are an essential part of your body and keeping them healthy throughout your life is important. Remember, it doesn’t matter much if they are perfectly straight, or bright white, or if they have gaps in spots. What matters is that they are healthy and can help you continue to have a healthy body for decades to come.
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