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It is hard to imagine how you would have to function if you didn’t have any teeth. Teeth are a vital part of our body and are used frequently throughout the day. They are an important step in the process of breaking down food, as well as digestion, and should be cared for properly. What many people don’t realize is just how easily your teeth can be damaged through breaking or being chipped. There are a number of obvious ways that you can damage your teeth from eating sugar and not brushing to grinding your teeth. What most people do not realize however is that there are many other things that negatively affect your teeth.
There are certain types of foods that make tooth care more difficult. Meat, for example, is a food that can unexpectedly cause more bacteria and plaque buildup, especially if you don’t brush often. When eating meat it can get stuck easily in between the teeth, and may stay there if you don’t think about it. As it is stuck it builds bacteria which can lead to more plaque as well as tooth decay.
Another unexpected food that to be cautious around is bread. Bread is high in sugar as the starches and carbohydrates that make up the bread will change into sugar as it is digested. Some breads are even made with added sugar; this is especially true in processed white bread. Always make sure to brush regularly, or at least rinse out your mouth after eating a meal.
One thing that most people do not realize is that the type of toothbrush you use may actually have a negative effect on your teeth. When it comes to toothbrushes there are soft bristled and hard bristled brushes. Hard bristled toothbrushes may have a negative effect since they are sometimes too abrasive on teeth and can cause damage to your gums and even wear down tooth enamel. In terms of toothbrushes, the safest option is finding one with soft or medium bristles.
Another surprising fact is that it is actually possible to brush your teeth too much. Over-brushing the teeth can be a negative habit as it can start to wear down the enamel on your teeth. Dentists recommend brushing between two and three times a day to keep up with your oral health.