Just because cough drops are sold in the medicine aisle doesn't mean they’re healthy. Most are loaded with sugar. So after soothing your throat with a lozenge, be sure to brush well. Whether the sugar comes from a cough drop or a hard candy, it reacts with the sticky plaque that coats your teeth. Then bacteria in the plaque convert the sugar into an acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Hello, cavities.
Tongue piercings may be trendy, but biting down on the metal stud can crack a tooth. Lip piercings pose a similar risk. And when metal rubs against the gums, it can cause gum damage that may lead to tooth loss. The mouth is also a haven for bacteria, so piercings raise the risk of infections and sores. Bottom line, discuss the health risks with your dentist first.
Whether you play
football, hockey, or any other contact sport, don't get in the game without a
mouth guard. This is a piece of molded plastic that protects the upper row of
teeth. Without it, your teeth could get chipped or even knocked out when the
action gets rough. Self-fitting mouth guards may be purchased at a store, or
you can have one custom made by your dentist.
It’s natural and sugar free, so you
might think ice is harmless. But munching on hard, frozen cubes can chip or
even crack your teeth. And if your mindless chomping irritates the soft tissue
inside a tooth, regular toothaches may follow. Hot foods and cold foods may
trigger quick, sharp jabs of pain or a lingering toothache. Next time you get
the urge for ice, chew some sugarless gum instead.