turns your teeth yellow, but it can be much more damaging than that.
any form of tobacco can harm your teeth and gums in a number of ways,"
cause throat, lung, and mouth cancer, and even death. Additionally, the tar
from tobacco forms a sticky film on teeth, which harbors bacteria that promote
acid production and create irritating toxins, both of which cause gum
inflammation, tooth decay, and loss."
water often contains fluoride—about 60% of people in the U.S. have fluoride in
their water supply.
most bottled waters contain less fluoride than recommended for good oral health
(it will be listed as an ingredient on the label if it is an additive).
makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes
remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before damage is even
visible," explains Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson, Charles H.
Perle, DMD, FAGD. "Studies have confirmed [that] the most effective source
of fluoride is water fluoridation."
last decade, sports beverages have become increasingly popular, but they aren't
great for your teeth.
research has found that the pH levels in many sports drinks could lead to tooth
erosion due to their high concentration of acidic components, which could wear
away at the tooth's enamel," says David F. Halpern, DMD, FAGD, president
of the Academy of General Dentistry.
these drinks are often high in sugars that act as "food" for
acid-producing bacteria, which then sneak into the cracks and crevices in your
teeth, causing cavities and tooth decay.
call it a cavity. Your dentist calls it tooth decay or dental caries. They're
all names for a hole in your tooth. The cause of tooth decay is plaque, a
sticky substance in your mouth made up mostly of germs. Tooth decay starts in
the outer layer, called the enamel. Without a filling, the decay can get deep
into the tooth and its nerves and cause a toothache or abscess.
help prevent cavities
Brush your teeth every day
with a fluoride toothpaste
Clean between your teeth
every day with floss or another type of between-the-teeth cleaner
Snack smart - limit sugary
See your dentist or oral
health professional regularly
doesn't want a perfect smile? While few people have one naturally, almost
anyone can get one with the help of their dentist. In addition to orthodontic treatment, which can straighten your teeth, recent
advances in dental materials and techniques offer near-perfect teeth that are
almost as strong as the originals.
your dentist can do to improve your smile include
Bleaching to make teeth
Repairing chips or rough
spots with fillings that match your teeth