20 Things That Can Ruin Your Smile… con’t - Dr. Charles Bell

by Dr. Charles Bell 1. August 2014 09:07

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4. Tobacco:

This should come as no surprise.  Obviously smoking can turn your teeth yellow, but in reality that is the least of your worries.

Halpern states "any form of tobacco can harm your teeth and gums in a number of ways."

So we are not just talking about smoking, but all tobacco use whether it be cigars, cigarettes, dip or chew.

"It can 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"   

This irritation and inflammation is a major cause of gum disease and poor healing in the mouth. This has a negative effect on almost any dental procedure that can be done.

5. Wine:

I know, please don’t take my wine away.  However, regular consumption can harm tooth enamel.

Halpern states that the acidity of wine can dissolve the tooth structure.  Also both red and white wine can increase dental staining.  But good news, you don’t have to give up your regular glass of wine to protect your smile.

"Enamel erosion occurs when wine drinkers swish the wine, keeping it in constant contact with the enamel, so instead, take small sips and rinse with water when you are done drinking," Perle advises.

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