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5 Ways You Can Damage Your Teeth
We all want to have healthy teeth, but many of us may not be aware that we are sabotaging our tooth health with little daily mistakes. Here are ten ways you might be damaging your teeth:

Coffee Time: Drinking coffee is one of the leading causes of dark stains on the teeth. Because of its color and high acidic content, coffee stains stick to your teeth and can affect your smile, especially if you sip your coffee throughout the day.

White and Red Wines: Both kinds of wine have a high level of acidity and make your teeth more susceptible to staining; so if you drink wine, be sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush about 30 minutes after consumption.

Tongue Piercings: If a barbell piercing is too long or if you continually move the piercing in your mouth, a tongue piercing can damage your teeth. Biting on metal or rubbing metal against tooth enamel and gums can cause permanent damage.

Pickled Foods: Although pickled foods can be a refreshing compliment to many dishes, eating too many pickled foods can be harmful to your teeth. Pickled foods often have high acidity levels, and some have high sugar content like sweet pickles. These foods can create an environment in your mouth that encourages decay or gum disease.

Playing Sports Unprotected: When you play a contact sport, you want to make sure to protect your mouth. This means wearing a mouth guard at every game and practice. If you do not, you risk chipping or even losing a tooth to a wayward ball, glove or racket.

Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?
In general, toothpastes use mild abrasives to remove stains on the surface of your teeth. In addition, whitening toothpaste contain polishing agents that allow them to remove even more surface stains; so yes, they do work! Keep in mind though that they only remove stains on the surface of teeth, not deep inside the tooth. Whitening toothpastes can actually lighten your tooth color but only by one shade because they generally do not contain a bleaching agent. At home whitening kits can help; they utilize hydrogen peroxide to remove both surface stains and stains deeper in the teeth. Remember, whitening toothpastes and store bought kits cannot produce the results you will get from having whitening procedures in your dentist's office. Also, since everyone's teeth are different, everyone will have a different result with whitening.

Cheese: The Superfood for your Teeth
We all know that cheese has dietary value. It has many essential nutrients including high quality proteins, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin and vitamin B12. Cheese can also help prevent Osteoporosis and can strengthen bones and tissue. Cheese also contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Sphingolipids, substances that can help prevent cancer.

It sounds like cheese is a miracle food, doesn't it? Well, now there is another reason to eat cheese as a snack. Did you know that cheese just might help prevent tooth decay? According to a recent study in General Dentistry, a peer-reviewed journal, eating cheese can help fight cavities by increasing the pH level in your mouth. So next time you find yourself in the dairy aisle, consider the benefits to your teeth as you make each selection.

Dr. Asai and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.

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