scottsdale dentistYou know that you should not eat too much sugar and that you should never go to bed without brushing your teeth first. However, did you know that some of the things you do to keep your teeth healthy could actually be harming them? Here are some of those shockers:

1. Brushing your teeth too hard can lead to teeth sensitivity.

Yes, you read it right. You think you are doing your teeth a favor by being very thorough with your tooth brushing, but you could actually be peeling off crystals from the enamel region by doing so. While the outer layer of your teeth is extremely hard and dense, that does not mean that it is not vulnerable to wear and tear. The friction that is caused by brushing too vigorously could remove crystals from that layer and cause minute breaks in the enamel region which can allow substances to pass through. These external stimuli could set off the nerve endings found within your tooth and send shockwaves of pain through your mouth. So be sure to use a soft enough toothbrush and go easy on it.

2. Rinsing with mouthwash can also lead to pain and even yellow teeth.

Yes, rinsing with mouthwash at least once a day helps to get rid of plaque and prevent the build-up of tartar. However, there is another side to mouthwash which you may not know about – it contains acids. The acids found in mouthwash can also eat at the enamel layer, causing sensitivity in the same manner as explained above. On top of that, mouth rinses which contain chlorhexidine are known to cause discoloration of teeth. To prevent this from happening, make it a point to rinse with water after using mouthwashes.

3. It’s the type of candy which causes cavities, not exactly the amount of candy you consume.

Sugar is something which you should avoid consuming in excess if you want to have healthy teeth; that’s a known fact. However, if you do eat candy, make sure that it is easy to remove from your teeth. For instance, sticky candies are the worst because they linger on the surface of your teeth for a longer period of time, as a result, they can cause much more damage to your teeth than other types. Hard candies do not stick to the teeth and the sugars can easily be removed by a simple brushing.

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