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Posted on February 13, 2018 by Human Nature

Everyday Things You Can Do (Aside from Brushing Your Teeth) to Maintain Those Pearly Whites

Not chomping on ice cubes, going to the dentist regularly, brushing your teeth at least twice a day – these are the basics we all know when it comes to taking  good care of our teeth. But did you know? You can easily be your dentist's model student with these everyday tips on how to take even better care of your pearly whites:

 

Wait for hot food to cool down before eating them

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You can never go wrong with the pizza and soda combo as a fastfood classic! But the rollercoaster you take your teeth through, from hot to cold and back, expands and contracts your tooth enamel and may lead to teeth sensitivity.

Tip: Try eating your pizza (or anything hot) with a knife and fork, or blow on it first to cool it down a bit for taking a big bite.

 

Pair your wine with some good, good cheese

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Harsh truth: your favorite wine is ruining your teeth. Wine has high levels of acidity which erodes teeth over time.  In fact, sommeliers are known to have really bad teeth because of their constant wine tasting.

Tip: But don't fret just yet! You can still have your wine and drink it, too. You just need to counter the acidity with a basic food like cheese (yes to more wine and cheese nights!).

 

Eat less of the sticky stuff

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You know the drill: stay away from the sweet stuff. But you gotta look out for the sticky stuff as well, like caramels, bubblegum, those irresistible gummy bears, and even dried fruits.

Munching on these can put your teeth in a sticky situation: they can loosen and even totally dislodge your tooth enamel, and can get stuck between your teeth which will eventually lead to tooth decay if not removed properly.

Tip: Make it a habit to brush, floss and thoroughly rinse after eating them.

 

Wait for 30 minutes to brush your teeth after eating

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Trivia of the day: our teeth are weakest after eating. It's because the food we eat have acids that break down our tooth enamel. Good thing we have our saliva to the rescue: it works double time to harden the tooth enamel again. 

But this re-hardening (or if you want to get more technical, "re-mineralizing") takes around 30 to 45 minutes to happen. Brushing our teeth while they're still in that weakened state will make it more difficult for the re-hardening to happen.

Tip: Wait at least 30 minutes to brush your teeth after having a full meal. Bonus tip: if you're conscious about your breath, you can pop in a breath mint or two while waiting.

 

Grab for a toothbrush with soft bristles

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Brushing with hard bristles, if not used correctly, may tear away at your tooth enamel and even damage your gums. The same goes for an electric brush that's used with too much pressure.

Tip: Opt for a toothbrush with soft bristles and practice brushing in gentle circular motions for a healthy cleaning of your pearly whites.

 

Skip toothpastes with SLS

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Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is a chemical foaming agent commonly used in personal care products like shampoos, body washes, and yes even toothpastes to make your experience extra bubbly. 

SLS is also labeled as a skin, eye and respiratory tract irritant by the Environmental Working Group and tagged as inherently toxic to aquatic organisms by Environment Canada. It can be pretty harsh on your teeth with possible tearing away the enamel, and even causing canker sores.

Tip: Skip the risk altogether and opt for a natural, SLS-free toothpaste like Human Nature's Natural Toothpaste.

 

And that's it! Keep these everyday habits in mind to keep your teeth (and your dentist!) happy and healthy.

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