Smile Health: Little Actions, Big Consequences

You may think that as long as you’re not sitting around gobbling up candy or chewing on marbles for fun, then you’re not doing anything major that can put your smile in the way of potential harm. This is generally true! However, it’s very possible to be doing little things here and there that can still cause you some oral health damage down the road. To ensure you’re not making a couple very easy to overlook mistakes, we encourage you take a bit of advice to keep unforeseen consequences at bay.

Don’t Put Lemon In Your Water

If you’ve ever gotten citrus in your eye or on a cut, you know it’s very acidic! When you drink citrus or eat citrus fruit, you are exposing teeth to acids that can cause erosion (which you certainly do not want if you wish to protect your oral health). Effects of enjoying the occasional lemonade or orange are minor (they are fortunately short-lived). However, you may not realize that adding lemon or lime to your water consistently can be damaging! Drink your water plain to keep it neutral and your smile safe.

Don’t Add Sugar To Your Coffee

Yes, of course, if you have always added sugar to your coffee, we do not imagine you plan on changing your habit. However, if you’re someone who is willing to make big changes or you tend to really load up on sugars and syrups, this may be of use regarding your oral health. Coffee on its own is acidic, of course, but it is not quite as acidic as fruit juices, citrus fruits, and sodas. When you add sugar to it, however, it’s a double whammy. Keep this in mind as you prep your coffee or choose beverages. Avoid it altogether to limit stains and acid erosion (or choose one lump instead of two as you measure out your sugar).

Consider Little Tips To Protect Your Oral Health

Remember that your oral health is best protected with simple prevention! If you are interested in learning all that you can, feel free to ask us questions when we see you next. Contact Absolute Dental Care today in Virginia Beach, VA to schedule a visit by calling (757) 428-7440. We proudly welcome patients Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Hampton, Eastern Shore, and all surrounding communities.