We use our teeth all the time – while we eat, talk and smile. This is why it is important to preserve out teeth healthy.
Here are some “tooth facts” that are little known, but they can help you a lot.
Sour is just as harmful as sweet
Sugar is not the only enemy of our teeth. Acidic, with low pH, foods, such as fruit juices, soft drinks and confectionery soften the teeth. As a result erosions of the enamel start to form and the size of the teeth is being reduced. American studies have discovered that citric acid is the most harmful to teeth.
The worst nightmares for children’s teeth are very acidic and sugary foods. They “melt” the tooth fast and ruthlessly, as it is a block of ice left at out of the fridge in a sunny afternoon. Children’s teeth are not fully formed, as the enamel has its maximum strength in ten years after sprouting of the tooth. In childhood the enamel is softer and therefore more easily being harmed from the effects of acids.
Adults also consume big amount of acidic foods, and although that their enamel is fully formed; the treats for their teeth are also big.
However, when you want to eat something sour, do it with the main meal. This will reduce the harmful effect of the acids. After finishing with the meal, chew a gum containing xylitol because it will helps you prevent caries.
You can miss a tooth at every age
Although most people have 32 teeth, some are born with missing ones. The most common teeth that do not grow is the wisdom tooth. Other common not growing teeth are the lateral incisors, which are positioned near to the big front teeth. The missing tooth can be heritable. However, the most common cause of tooth loss is gum disease and caries.