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Protecting Teeth From Every Day Hazards


Once we go through one of life’s special milestones of losing our baby teeth, our adult ones grow in and will stick around for the rest of our lives. While cavities can be filled and root canals can be addressed, it’s critical for you to take good care of your teeth to ensure that they can perform for a lifetime. Brushing, flossing and checkups are the most effective ways to care for your teeth. In addition to the basics, be mindful of some of these everyday hazards that can pose a threat to the condition of your teeth over time. Your South Edmonton dentist will also discuss these risks with you and give you advice on how to best care for your teeth.


Stained Teeth From Beverages

Sodas, coffees, teas, and red wine are some of the frequent offenders for putting a damper on your pearly whites. Which is the worst of the worst, and is there anything else you need to watch out for? Various studies have shown that grape juice is one of the biggest culprits, followed by dark sodas and coffees. Surprisingly, red wine is one of the least likely offenders to do long term damage to your white color. One of the best ways to combat yellowing teeth as a result of beverage consumption is to reduce your intake of these types of beverages. If you must indulge, try drinking your soda, coffee or tea from a straw. Regardless, always attempt to brush soon after eating or drinking any beverage.


Sensitivity Concerns

Your trusty teeth are protected by an outer coating called the enamel. Wear and tear on the enamel can lead to sensitivity issues with the introduction of hot or cold beverages to the teeth. Mostly everyone has had a sensitivity experience in their lifetime which sends chills down their spine and a brief moment of discomfort in the mouth.

Most common causes of sensitive teeth:

  • Frequent consumption of acidic foods and beverages (think tomato sauce, citrus fruits, and tea)

  • Tooth whitening products (always check with your Edmonton dental professional to verify if a product is safe before undergoing an at home whitening effort)

  • Brushing with hard bristles (a soft to medium bristle is recommended)

Fortunately, those who brush regularly and avoid select whitening products aren’t prone to experience ongoing sensitivity concerns. Your Edmonton dentist will be able to evaluate the condition of your enamel and advise you on specific things to avoid, or treatments available to reduce any sensitivity concerns.


Smoking Cigarettes

It’s a well-known fact that smoking cigarettes can lead to various health problems ranging from moderate to serious illnesses and conditions. Although, many smokers are surprised to learn that smoking can have serious effects on the condition of your pearly whites. Bad breath, increased plaque buildup and tooth discoloration are some of the minor, immediate effects of smoking. Down the line, regular smokers are at a higher risk for oral cancers and gum disease. Certain measures can be implemented to care for the teeth of a smoker, but the best thing you can do for the health of your teeth (and the rest of your body!) is to quit smoking immediately.

Edmonton dentists are experts at educating the community on the best ways to protect and care for their teeth. With the help of these professionals and a strict brushing and flossing regimen at home, you can spend the rest of your lifetime enjoying sweet treats, and savory snacks worry free. Each individual’s care plan will differ, so please consult a South Edmonton dentist to see how frequently you should be coming into the office for a cleaning and evaluation.

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