Are You Ruining Your Smile?

Have you ever thought about the impact your daily habits might have on your smile? Take our quiz below to see how much you know about the habits that destroy your teeth, and then visit Dr. Fondriest to protect your mouth.

1. What should you drink on a daily basis?

A. Bottled water
B. Soda
C. Tap water

2. How can citrus fruits destroy your smile?

A. They contain a lot of sugar
B. They are very acidic
C. They get stuck in teeth

3. Which of the following does NOT stain your teeth?

A. White wine
B. Too much bleach
C. Apples

4. Which of the following is safe to chew on?

A. Sugar-free gum
B. Ice
C. Hard candy

5. Which of the following will NOT damage your smile?

A. Grinding
B. A mouth guard
C. Oral piercings

Answers and Explanations

  1. C: Tap water contains fluoride that is necessary to keep your teeth strong. Soda contains lots of sugars and acids that will cause decay and erosion, and bottled water doesn’t contain the fluoride you need.
  2. B: Citrus fruits are very acidic. They can cause your teeth enamel to erode and weaken. Dried fruits often contain a lot of sugar and get stuck in teeth, but fresh fruits are best for your smile if eaten with meals.
  3. C: Apples help stimulate saliva to rinse your mouth. In addition, the crisp texture can help wipe away surface stains. On the other hand, white wine leaves a coating on your teeth that will make anything you eat afterwards stick to your teeth, and over-bleaching can discolor your teeth to a translucent bluish color.
  4. A: Sugar-free gum is helpful in stimulating saliva after you eat to help rinse away food particles and keep your mouth moist. Xylitol, a sweetener in most sugarless gums, also helps fight bad oral bacteria. It’s never good to chew on ice or hard candy because your teeth are not made to crush through hard objects.
  5. B: A mouth guard can help protect your smile from injuries and damage. Grinding can weaken and wear out your teeth, and oral piercings can cause cracks or infections.

Knowing what will ruin your smile can help you change your habits to protect it. Dr. Fondriest can keep your smile safe from harm, and fix any defects that are ruining your teeth. Contact Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517 to set up an appointment. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago and the surrounding communities.

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