Top Ways You’re Damaging Your Teeth Without Realising It

by Madeleine Borgersen

A great smile is one of the first things we notice when meeting someone new but what if you’re unknowingly doing things to hurt those teeth? We’ve spoke with Philips Sonicare Ambassador Dr Dunn, Principle Dentist at Macquarie Street Centre for the top tricks and tips to getting that smile in top condition.

Top Ways You're Damaging Your Teeth Without Knowing

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Ditch the hard scrubbing motion when brushing your teeth and get a deeper, but gentler clean with an electric toothbrush. Excessive scrubbing, especially with a hard toothbrush can cause your gums to recede, leading to sensitivity and the precious enamel to be reduced leaving teeth open to decay.

An electric toothbrush like the Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean, however, uses a sonic motion to effectively remove plaque, whilst being gentle on the gums. It’s also a no-brainer, with the brush doing the work for you at exactly the right pressure.

Protect Them In Your Sleep

The second most common way people are damaging their teeth is by clenching or grinding. Clenching is usually a daytime habit whilst tooth grinding is mostly done at night, whilst we are asleep.

Not sure if you’re a clencher or grinder? Sure signs are facial or muscle pain or jaw tightness when you wake up or even chipping of teeth.

The best way to prevent further damage is to get it diagnosed early. A Nightguard can be worn at night to protect that enamel or daytime clenching can be eased with a muscle relaxant like Botox.

Top Ways You're Damaging Your Teeth Without Realising It

The Philips AirFloss is a fantastic option for quick, effective post-brush, cleaning.

Become Besties With Your Dentist

Ensure you keep your teeth in great condition by scheduling regular visits to your dental care provider, including twice yearly dental hygiene procedures and examination. Prevention is better than a cure!

Don’t forget to floss!

Home care is extremely important, once you’ve got your toothbrush sorted don’t forget to combine it with flossing, using inter-dental brushes or other cleaning aids such as the Philips Sonicare AirFloss.

Watch What You Eat

Finally, be sure to consider lifestyle and diet habits that may be damaging your dental health. Sugary foods that are high in carbohydrates will lead to decay, whilst many sports and energy drinks are highly acidic leading to erosion of the enamel. It is best to limit intake of these types of food and drink, or if they are consumed, be sure to rinse with water immediately following.

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