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3 Surprising Ways You'Re Harming Your Teeth

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If you think you're taking great care of your teeth, a cavity, broken tooth or stains on your teeth can come as a shock. You're already brushing several times a day, and flossing as well. You see the dentist twice a year. So how can you possibly have bad teeth? It may be that you're hurting your teeth without even realizing it. Check out some surprising things that you never would have thought would harm your teeth.

Swimming Pools

Swimming is a healthy and fun way to beat the heat and get in some exercise. What could be wrong with that? As it turns out, swimming regularly could be responsible for the stains on your teeth. If you've noticed dark yellow or brown stains on your teeth, they could be caused by swimmers' calculus.

Swimmers' calculus isn't an advanced form of math for aquatic geniuses, it's what happens when the chemicals from the pool mix with the saliva in your mouth. Together, the two create unsightly dark stains on your teeth that have to be removed by a dentist. If you spend more than six hours a week swimming, you're at risk. Wearing a tightly fitting mouth guard can help prevent swimmers' calculus.

Too Much Exercise

If you've been spending every spare minute in the gym to improve your overall health, there's a chance that you may be doing real damage to your teeth. Studies have shown that athletes are more likely to have cavities than non-athletes, and it's not sports drinks or dental hygiene that causes the problem. It's the exercise itself.

When you work out, you produce less saliva than you do in your resting state. Saliva has a protective effect on your teeth – it washes away acids and sugars that cause cavities. So, if you spend a lot of time exercising, that's a lot of time when your teeth have no protection from those acids and sugars. Want to keep your teeth healthy without giving up your time on the treadmill? Brush your teeth before you start a workout – then there won't be anything on your teeth to attack when your saliva levels are low. Chewing sugar free gum during your workout can help stimulate saliva production.

 Brushing Too Hard

Believe it or not, you could actually be damaging your teeth by brushing them, if you're doing it the wrong way. Do you brush as hard as you can, furiously trying to rid your teeth of food particles and bacteria? If so, you may be brushing away your enamel as well, leaving your teeth weaker and more sensitive with every brush.

Use a soft bristled brush and use it to brush in gentle circles, instead of side to side. You don't need to overdo it to get the job done.

These surprising enemies of good oral health are the reason why it's important to talk to your dentist, one like Dorset Dental Office, about your lifestyle, even if you don't think it's related to your teeth. If you're experiencing dental problems that you can't explain, talking to your dentist about your diet, hobbies, and dental hygiene routine can often help you find the problem and rectify it.