For most people, the appearance and health of their smile are extremely important. It can affect how we feel about ourselves and even how well our mouths function. But aside from the importance of caring for our teeth, how much do you really know about the factors that can affect your smile?
Excess Fluoride Can Be Damaging
Everyone has heard about how important fluoride can be for optimal oral health, but did you know it can actually be damaging to children in excessive amounts? Fluorosis can occur when children ingest large amounts of fluoride, resulting in teeth and bone problems later in life.
Tooth Enamel Can Break
Has anyone ever told you not to chew on ice? This is for a good reason! Hard things such as ice, kernels and even a piercing can cause chips, cracks, and damage to teeth. You should never chew on anything hard.
Missing Teeth Are Common
Tooth extractions have become more common over time, leaving much of the population with one or more missing teeth. Being born without certain teeth is also extremely common, wisdom teeth and lateral incisors are the most common to be missing. Missing teeth can occur for various reasons such as injury, decay, disease, and even genetics.
Braces Can Cause Cavities
Due to the wires, bands, and brackets involved with wearing braces, certain debris and bacteria can actually get stuck around the hardware. This can lead to increased risk of decay, demineralization and even cavities. Making sure to thoroughly and properly care for your teeth while wearing braces can reduce the risks.
Acid Can Be Just as Bad as Sugar
We often hear about how bad sugar can be for our pearly whites, but did you know that acidic foods and beverages can be just as bad? Highly acidic products such as citrus, soda, and even wine have been known to soften enamel and also cause erosion of teeth.
For children, the effects of acidity can be even worse due to the fact permanent teeth must mature over time, leaving them softer and more vulnerable until they have fully matured.