We didn’t know that this could damage our teeth!
Your teeth are a vulnerable part of your body. Most of the time when you damage your teeth, they will not recover. There are a lot of different things that affect your teeth. The fact that soda, coffee and sugar have a bad effect on your teeth will surprise no one. But there are other things that are detrimental to your teeth that you may not think of at first. These are the six most noticeable ones.
These six surprising things can cause damage to your teeth.
You probably know that stress is not good for your health. However, did you know that stress is also really bad for your teeth? It damages your immune system, which increases the risk of certain diseases such as parodontitis. This is a type of gum disease that can be recognised by symptoms such as bleeding gums or a bad breath. In very serious cases, parodontitis can lead to a loss of teeth and molars. Do you recognise these symptoms and do you have them yourself? Then go to the dentist straight away.
2. High blood sugar
High blood sugar is a symptom that diabetics often have. A consequence of high blood sugar is that your mouth gets dry. This can also be caused by medication for diabetes. Due to the decrease in saliva, your teeth are more susceptible to cavities.
Even though fruit is very healthy and packed with vitamins and minerals, your teeth do not like this sweet snack very much. The bacteria in your mouth convert the fruit sugars into acids, which causes damage to your teeth. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you need to stop eating fruit but just that you need to limit your fruit intake to two pieces a day. Your saliva neutralizes the acidity in your mouth after eating fruit. So by avoiding snacking on, for example, grapes all day, you limit the damage.
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