Teeth need to be kept clean by brushing at least twice a day, flossing once a day and going to the dentist for regular check-ups every six months – we all know this. But there are many other facts of which you might not be aware about the pearly whites in your mouth.
Here are seven facts that you might not know about your teeth.
- A dry mouth and tongue can cause tooth decay
Saliva helps to protect the teeth from cavities and gingivitis. It also aids in chewing, swallowing and digesting food. Not only that, but saliva neutralises the acid in the food that you eat, helping the enamel in your teeth to absorb less acid overall.
Without all this saliva, your mouth would suffer. Remember to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to keep yourself hydrated and avoid a dry mouth.
- Tooth brushing at the wrong time can damage teeth
If you brush immediately after drinking or eating, you’re scrubbing acid into your slightly softened tooth enamel, which increases the chance of tooth decay. This counts even more for food with high acidity, such as fizzy drinks or citrus fruits.
Wait for at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. If you have just drunk a liquid with high acidity, drink a cup of water first before brushing your teeth. This gives your saliva a chance to neutralise those acids before you start scrubbing.
- Some people never grow wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth are an outdated remainder from when our ancestors needed to grind down plant tissue. Some people lack the genes to grow them, meaning that 35% of the human population are both without wisdom teeth. The ethnic groups least likely to grow wisdom teeth include Asians and Inuits.
- Pregnant women are at risk of oral problems
The surge of hormones, mainly oestrogen and progesterone, in a pregnant woman’s body can affect the gums and teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene when pregnant is very important in order to keep teeth healthy and less prone to decay.
- Two minutes is all it takes
Since you’re already brushing your teeth, you may as well do it right.
Brush your teeth for two minutes. Time yourself or listen to a song on the radio if you find you’re not brushing long enough. But don’t brush too long or too often, as it can damage your teeth and gums. Two minutes will do just fine.
Make sure you find the right toothbrush too. Choose one that’s best for your mouth shape. Consider the arrangement of the bristles so you’ll be able to get to all those hard to reach spaces.
- Adults can still have baby teeth
Not everybody loses their baby or milk teeth. There are cases when permanent teeth don’t develop properly, or won’t push a baby tooth out of the way, so baby teeth remain all the way into adulthood.
Although they will stay in place, baby teeth are very weak. The best bet is to get them removed and replaced with an implant.
- Enamel is the hardest substance in the body
However, if not well taken care of, enamel can easily break or chip. Once you have permanent teeth they will have to last you a lifetime – so take care of them! Don’t use them to remove price tags or open crisp packets.
No matter how many facts about your teeth you learn, remember the three basic rules: brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months. Call us here at Dental Care Partnership on 0121 354 1922 to book an appointment with one of our friendly team.