- The habit: Remember that tooth enamel is a crystal. Ice is a crystal. When you push two crystals against each other, one will break. Luckily most of the time it’s the ice, but sometimes the tooth or a filling will break and that’s when you are in trouble.
- The solution: Instead try to drink chilled beverages without ice, or use a straw so you're not tempted. Chewing ice is more risky than pleasurable so avoid the temptation to chew ice at all costs.
- The habit: Snacking all day, especially on sugary or acidic foods and drinks, puts you at a greater risk for cavities. When you eat, cavity-causing bacteria feast leftover food, producing an acid that attacks the outer shell of your teeth. Also, the time you are exposed to sugary or acidic drinks makes a difference. The longer, the worse for your teeth.
- The solution: Eat balanced meals to feel fuller, longer. If you need a snack, make sure it's low in fat and sugar. If you indulge in the occasional sugary treat, follow it with a big glass of water to wash away leftover food. Also, avoid sticky candy that last long in your mouth. If you must indulge, keep short and sweet.
- The habit: Your teeth were made for eating, not to stand in as a pair of scissors or hold things when your hands are full. When you do this, you put yourself at a higher risk of cracking your teeth, injuring your jaw or accidentally swallowing something you shouldn’t.
- The solution: Stop and find something or someone to give you a hand. Your mouth and teeth will thank you.
Dr. Serge Papiernik
9350 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite #920
Miami, FL 33156
(305) 670 5100