When you were a kid, did you enjoy going to the dentist? Probably not - it's a quite invasive process having a stranger push around in your mouth. And if you had to have fillings or other treatments, those machines were scary. Although most childhood fears and pet hates melt away when we grow older, the dentist is still nobody's favorite place to go.
Having said that, there are many of us who are old enough to know better, but still do all sorts of things that make return trips likely. Drinking sugary drinks, not brushing and eating the wrong things before bed are just the tip of the iceberg. So, even though you're not being marched to the dentist twice a year by a parent, it's time to behave like you are. Make the right decisions now, so you're not facing that embarrassment and fear later
Put Away The Fizz
We all know that sometimes, there is nothing we want to drink more than a cold, refreshing cola. In moderation, there isn't much wrong with that, but when you're reaching for it every time you're thirsty, there is. For a start, if you're thirsty, you really should be drinking water instead. It's better for you in general, and the more fizzy drinks you consume, the more it will rot your teeth.
Your Teeth Are For Eating; They're Not A Bottle Opener
When you find a bottle tricky to open by hand, do you raise it to your mouth and try the short-cut approach? If so, you're doing your teeth no favors. To make a long story short, it's not what they were designed for.
Even if you have "strong teeth," this process is pulling on your teeth in a way which makes tooth loss more likely. Same goes for ripping off sellotape. Bottle openers and scissors exist for a reason. Use them to do their job, and your teeth for eating. Please?
Brushing Too Much, Or Too Hard
Some of us let too long pass between brushes, and then to make up for it we really go for it. If you do this, you're messing up on two fronts. Firstly, you let plaque build up. Second, by brushing harder, you damage the enamel of your teeth.
Buy a good brush from the likes of BF Mulholland and use it the way the instructions tell you to. Also, don't miss a few days and then brush four or five times a day to make up for it. The same issues apply.
Smoking: Bad For You In General, Including Your Teeth
We know that smoking can cause cancer and other illnesses, including a range of respiratory problems. We also know that it stains the teeth. But the issues go belong that, as smoking can also harm your oral mucous membrane and your gums. Even if you dodge the cancer bullet, there's still plenty of reason to steer well clear of tobacco.