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You know brushing and flossing are good for you, but do you know the habits that damage your teeth?

Sugary drinks: The sugar in drinks like soda, fruit juices, and sports drinks latches onto your teeth. Normal bacteria in your mouth eats away at the sugar (which is good), but it eventually begins to produce acid. That acid eats away some of the enamel on your teeth, making them thinner and weaker, and increasing the chances of developing cavities. Sugary drinks are one of the most common dietary causes of tooth decay.

Diet sodas,100-percent fruit juices, and other sugar-free drinks: The acids in these drinks are harmful to your teeth. They can cause the same amount of dental erosion as regular sodas. In fact, the acid in lemon and lime juices is almost as corrosive as battery acid!

Chewing on ice cubes: It seems harmless, but ice cubes can be detrimental to your oral health. They are too hard for your teeth to handle (especially if you’re eating them regularly). Instead, try something else crunchy, like carrots or celery sticks.

Giving babies a bottle in bed: Leaving bottles in the crib (unless it contains only water) can wreak havoc on children’s teeth. Sipping on juice, milk, or formula will cover their teeth in sugar, which turns into plaque and spends the night attaching itself to enamel. It is always best to leave bottles out of the crib!

Taking care of your teeth is an important part of staying healthy. To find our more about resources in the Roanoke Valley for dental care click HERE

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