Dentists know all about good oral hygiene, but taking care of your teeth is more than just brushing and flossing twice a day. In fact, there are some things that dentists never put in their mouths – so neither should you. From ice to lemons, here are the things to avoid to maintain a healthy smile.
They’re a fruit after all – so how much harm could they cause? As it turns out, a whole lot. People have a habit of sucking on lemons and keeping them in their mouth for longer than they would other food, explains dentist, Dr Victoria Veytsman. Because lemons are so acidic, she warns this can lead to enamel erosion and also throws off the mouth’s ideal balance of acids and bases, known as pH balance.
For whatever reason, many people love to chew on ice or ice chips. But doing so sets up a battle between your teeth and the ice. In fact, dentist Dr Peter Vanstrom has seen many cases each year where the ice cube has won and a tooth or several teeth are fractured. “These fractured teeth may require crowns to restore proper function and stability,” he says. Instead of munching on ice, he recommends sipping chilled beverages or using a straw so you’re not tempted to crunch.