Your eyes might be the gateway to your soul but your mouth is the gateway to your body.
Because your mouth is the entry point through which all sorts of things enter your body to do either good or harm, it is your duty as the owner and guardian of your body to ensure only safe and healthy things go into your mouth.
It’s not just your body that’s placed at risk when you let the wrong things slip down your throat, the mouth itself is also placed in great danger when you pass the wrong things into it. And if your mouth, which is the gate is compromised, not only is it capable of compromising the rest of your body, it can also hurt a lot.
It’s easier to protect your mouth if you know the things you need to stop from letting in. Below is a list of some of the things to avoid if you would like to enjoy a stronger, healthier, and fresher mouth.
Soda, be it diet or otherwise, is a tasty sugary beverage that’s best enjoyed when served chilled. But watch out because the high sugar content of soda causes more harm to your teeth than it does your body good.
The high sugar content of soda makes your mouth a haven for bacteria which can lead to gum diseases. Also, certain sodas, including diet sodas contain highly acidic compounds that are capable of eroding the enamel of your teeth and this can lead to some serious dental issues.
All candy, be it frozen or otherwise, are bad for your teeth, and frozen chocolate bars can pose a serious threat to the integrity of your teeth.
The hardness of frozen candy places puts a lot of strain on your front teeth when you bite into the sweet. But it’s not just the teeth itself that get strained; ligaments and muscles of your jaw also get strained. Even when not frozen, candy still poses a threat to your teeth because it can stick to your dentition and cause your mouth to turn into an ideal breeding ground for the wrong type of bacteria.
Stringy food can get lodged in between your teeth when you bite into it or while chewing. This lodged food can remain in between your teeth for days, decaying your teeth and feeding bacteria residing there that which can lead to gum diseases.
This is why regular flossing is highly recommended. Examples of such foods include corn on the cob or any other edibles capable of lodging itself in between your teeth.
Coffee is a nice pick-me-up for mornings when you are feeling lethargic. But the boost that comes with the caffeine from a hot cup of coffee comes at a price. Hot coffee can burn your mouth and cause wounds which are susceptible to infection. Coffee consumption is also one of the causes of teeth sensitivity.
The hot brew can also stain your teeth and therefore compromise the shine of your pearly whites. Also, like sugary substances, coffee sticks around in your mouth and can lead to bad breath as well as make your mouth an ideal ‘home’ for bacteria. But all of these can be avoided by simply rinsing your mouth out with some water after your cup of coffee.
Those who invented ice cubes intended them to be used to chill drinks and foods. But some people have taken things further by actually chewing ice cubes, which is not healthy for your teeth.
“Sucking on ice cubes might be pleasurable on a hot day but chewing on them can be painful as it sends feedback to the muscles around your jaw which leads to pain,” says Gerald Shaw, lead nutritionist at Health Start. “Also, chewing on this frozen substance can leave your teeth vulnerable as well as damage its enamel.”
Cigarettes are a big no-no for people who want to live long and happy lives. But what most people don’t know are the dangers cigarettes pose to their mouth. Just some of such dangers include;
- Bad breath and Tooth discoloration
- Gum disease and tooth loss
- Growth of plaque and tartar on your teeth
- Bone loss within the jaw
- Slows down or prevents recovery after periodontal treatment, tooth extraction, or any other oral surgery
- Increase risk of white patches inside the mouth, known as leukoplakia.
- Increased risk of developing oral cancer
The best choice would be to avoid tobacco smoking altogether, but this can be difficult for people who have grown addicted to nicotine. Fortunately, there’s the less risky alternative of e-cigarettes and vaping. According to experts at Lotolabs, “…the dangers of smoking can be avoided but its pleasures enjoyed even more through vaping…”
Alcohol might be enjoyable to consume to some people but a large body of studies has shown that excessive alcohol is harmful to the body, especially the liver. But besides the liver and other organs, alcohol also poses a danger to the habitual consumer’s mouth, as it can lead to gum diseases, tooth decay, and mouth sores.
An even scarier fact is that alcohol abuse has been recorded as the second most common cause of oral cancer. Less scary effects of alcohol include staining of the teeth and dryness of the mouth.
Things you should let into your mouth
Now that you know what to keep out of your mouth, what about the things you definitely should let into your mouth?
- Toothbrush: They are cheap and you only need to use them twice a day – once when you wake up and once before bed. Toothbrushes are also very effective in reducing the harmful effects of some of the earlier mentioned dangers because it can scrub off stains from your teeth and wash out plaque before they become a permanent feature.
- Dental floss: These are great for ridding your teeth of the debris your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Milk: This is effective for rinsing out harmful bacteria from your mouth that can lead to oral diseases. Also, it’s rich in calcium which will help keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Now that you have this information, go forward and enjoy a better life with a healthier mouth.