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December 16, 2022 • 2min read • PCCD

Want To Keep Your Enamel Healthy? Avoid Doing These 11 Things

Tooth enamel is the hardest part of the human body, but that doesn’t mean teeth are indestructible. Far from it! To keep them healthy and problem-free, the team at Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Altos CA strongly recommends you avoid the following.

  1. Hard Foods: We’re looking at you, un-popped popcorn kernels and hard candy.
  2. Hard Objects: This includes fingernails, pencils, pen caps, and ice.
  3. Tooth Grinding: If you grind your teeth, ask us about an oral appliance.
  4. Sticky Food: Gummy candy, dried fruit, and even protein bars can break teeth.
  5. Drinking Anything Beside Water: If your teeth are constantly bathed in soda – sugared or diet – or if you partake in juice, coffee, or sports drinks often, you are asking for dental issues.
  6. Playing Sports Without a Mouthguard: Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Most children are required to wear a protective mouthguard on the playing field, but adults tend to be less vigilant. Custom-fitted mouthguards are more comfortable than the cheap boil-and-bite type.
  7. Using a Hard-Bristled Toothbrush: A hard-bristled tooth brush can weaken teeth and cause gums to pull away. We recommend a soft – or extra-soft – toothbrush!
  8. Ignoring Dry Mouth: Saliva is important. It helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque. Constant dry mouth (xerostomia) can lead to tooth decay. Talk to us if you have persistent dry mouth.
  9. Using Teeth as Tools: Take a minute to find a pair of scissors before you tear open a package of lunch meat or pry the lid of a medicine bottle. Use a nutcracker if you are eating unshelled nuts. A quality dental crown can cost over eight hundred dollars!
  10. Ignoring Bad Breath: Bad breath might be a symptom of accelerating tooth decay. Discuss it with us.
  11. Ignoring Jaw Pain: If you suffer from jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to let us know! These can be signs of a condition called temporomandibular disorder (TMD).

If you’ve already damaged a tooth, come see us at Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Altos CA. We offer complete general dentistry, and have helped patients throughout Daly City, Milpitas, and Saratoga. We also offer restorative and cosmetic options. Contact us today!

Contact Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry

650-948-5524

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99 3rd St
Los Altos, California
94022

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