image0139Thought you knew everything about your ferocious fangs? Well, think again!

Protect Your Enamel

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body, but it can break easily. Dentists say that eating a popcorn kernel or chewing on ice is equivalent to munching on a stone. You have to be extra careful if your mouth is full of fillings, since your teeth aren’t as strong as they used to be. If you are someone with a lip or tongue piercing, make sure you are extremely cautious, as metal jewelry harbors bacteria and can chip teeth.

Not everyone loses baby teeth

By the age of 3, children typically have a full set of 20 temporary teeth. As the permanent teeth below start to shake things up, these teeny choppers loosen and eventually fall out. Children begin losing teeth around the age of 5 or 6 and finish in their early teens. Any child who loses a tooth before age four should see a dentist. Something more severe could be going on such as a dental disease, but in most cases it’s a result from an injury.

Evolving past Wisdom Teeth

Scientists believe that, way back in the day, this extra set of molars was used by our ancestors to chomp down on coarse foods such as roots and nuts. As a result their jaws were larger, so they had room for them. However, nowadays, our jaws are much smaller. This is why wisdom teeth have a tendency to cause problems once they begin growing in.

Sour can be just as bad as sweet

“Citric acid is the worst acid for your teeth,” says Martha Keels, DDS, chief of pediatric dentistry at Duke’s Children’s Hospital. Acidic foods that have low pH levels such as sour candy, soft drinks, fruit juices can soften your teeth. These sour foods can cause enamel erosion and diminish your tooth size.

Some of these facts are inevitable but some are preventable. The best thing you can do is to take care of your teeth, after all you only get one ‘real’ set. Be wary of hard foods and things that should not be chewed on, like popcorn kernels and ice, and reduce your citrus food intake. Those tips will surely help keep those pearly whites bright and nicely shaped. For more information on oral hygiene, check out our other blogs!