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While we’re pretty resilient, we’re certainly not immune to damage and one area often overlooked is our teeth.
Drinking, taking drugs, smoking and even exercise can all have a negative impact on the state of our oral health and permanently damage our teeth.
But with a little care, guidance and a regular trip to an understanding dentist will get you through your “experimental years” with a clean bill of health and a good set of teeth and gums.
Here’s a few things you might not know about your choices and how they affect your long-term dental health:
The sugars and acids in alcohol (including beer and mixed spirits) will erode your enamel and leave you vulnerable to infection and decay. Heavy or binge drinking resulting in vomiting floods your mouth with tooth-eroding stomach acid. And even if you manage to keep your dinner on the inside, coming home drunk means you’re far more likely to crash without cleaning your teeth.
Brush your teeth with an enamel-protecting toothpaste before going out and leave your toothbrush on your pillow to remind you to brush again when you get home. Have a glass of water with you while you’re out and try to swish between drinks to rinse away the sugars and acids. On your way home, pull out some sugar-free gum to chew and increase saliva production to protect your precious assets.
You already know that smoking isn’t good for you, but if you have taken it up there’s no point us harping on the point. What you do need to know though is that smoking affects your gums and makes it difficult for your dentist to assess your oral health. Additionally, like exercise, smoking affects your saliva production and leaves your mouth susceptible to the acid in food and drinks. Smoking is also the leading cause of oral cancer.
Tell your dentist that you smoke and be honest about the amount – it will help them assess your oral health and give you the advice and treatment you need in order to keep your teeth in their best possible condition. Regular brushing and flossing will help slow down the deterioration, along with regular dental visits but in the end, nothing beat quitting smoking.