Five facts you may not know about teeth

It is common knowledge that in order to keep teeth clean, they should be brushed for two minutes twice a day, flossed once a day, and you should go to a dentist every six months for a check up. However, here are a few facts about your teeth which you may not be aware of.

Brushing your teeth at the wrong time can damage them

Brushing your teeth immediately after eating or drinking means that you’re scrubbing acid into softened tooth enamel, which increases the chance of tooth decay occurring. This is particularly the case with foods which are high in acid, such as fizzy drinks or citrus fruits.

Wait for at least half an hour after eating before brushing your teeth, and if you have drunk something with high levels of acid, drink a cup of water before brushing. This gives your saliva time to neutralise harmful acids before you begin brushing.

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body

Whilst enamel is the hardest substance in the body, if it is not taken care of, it can easily chip and break. Once you have grown your permanent teeth, they will have to last you a lifetime, so look after them! Don’t use them for what they aren’t meant for, such as opening crisp packets or removing tags.

It only takes two minutes to brush teeth properly

Brush your teeth for two minutes. Time yourself, or listen to music either on the radio or on a music device if you aren’t brushing for long enough.  But don’t brush them for too long, or you may damage your teeth and gums. Two minutes is long enough.

Make sure you’re using the right toothbrush as well – choose one that’s best for your mouth shape, and consider the bristle arrangement so you can reach all those difficult to get to spaces.

A dry mouth and tongue can cause tooth decay

Saliva helps protect from cavities and gingivitis, as well as aiding in chewing, swallowing and digesting food. Saliva also neutralises acid in food and drinks, which means that your tooth enamel absorbs less acid overall, protecting your teeth. Without saliva, your oral health would suffer, so make sure to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to keep yourself hydrated and avoid a dry mouth.

Pregnant women are at risk of oral problems

During pregnancy, women’s bodies produce a surge of hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone which can affect the gums and teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene when pregnant is vital to keep teeth healthy, and protect them from decay.

No matter how many facts you learn about your teeth, there are three rules which you should always follow in regards to them: brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months in order to maintain ideal dental health. Call us on 0121 354 1922 to book your next appointment.