When we think about our teeth, we mostly think of the slogans caries and sugar. There are many more factors that "stress" the teeth and harm them permanently. Below we give you an overview of the most common stress factors for our teeth.
Smoking makes your teeth wobble
Hardly any patient knows that smoking long-term daily up to ten cigarettes, according to recent research, on average, a three-fold increased risk of periodontosis. The damaged immune system of the oral cavity causes deeper "pockets" in the gums, a stronger degradation of the jawbone and significantly worse chances of recovery. Unlike non-smokers, smokers have early warning signs of periodontal disease such as gum bleeding and pain.
In addition, the risk of developing oral cancer increases in smokers to four times that of non-smokers. With simultaneous consumption of alcohol, this risk is even up to fifteen times.
When the toothbrush becomes a "weapon"
Heavy cigarette consumption is a stress factor for the teeth - the rough handling of the toothbrush is another. Muscle games are inappropriate when brushing your teeth. Anyone who mixes morning cleansing with bodybuilding and scrubs vigorously promotes the breakdown of the "hard" tooth substance.
Also wrong cleaning technique leads to these unwanted side effects. At the same time the gums are damaged during intensive scrubbing.
Sauer makes fun - and teeth sick
A typical example of non-bacterial tooth damage: tooth enamel softens and becomes vulnerable to acidic foods. A delicious, green apple, for example, is one of the foods that cause an acidic environment in the mouth.
In order to avoid that after the consumption of an apple the softened tooth enamel is removed, one should wait with the brushing of the teeth for approx. One hour. In addition, one can use preventive fluoride toothpaste or form a thin protective layer on the tooth surface with directly applied fluoride preparations.
In addition to apples, other sour fruits, lemonade, fruit juices, vinegar or yoghurt are among the acidic foods.
Bulimia damages the teeth
Another cause of an acidic environment in the mouth can be frequent vomiting. This is the case, for example, with bulimia. Due to vomiting, the teeth of bulimic patients are particularly often exposed to the strong acidity of the stomach. The oral cavity is significantly more acidic than in healthy people.
The consequences are apparent after a short time: the incisal edges of the anterior and canine teeth in the lower jaw have typical hollows. After two years, severe changes are also observed in the upper jaw area, especially on the incisors: in the advanced stage, shortening of the incisal edges may even occur.