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Healthy Habits that Ruin your Teeth

By Sara Butler

Having healthy teeth and gums are a huge component to your overall health. If you have inflamed gums or tooth decay, then it can cause an increased level of inflammation over your entire body. That paves the way for chronic ailments such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease to take hold. You may brush and floss daily – and that’s great. But there are some things you may be doing that you don’t realize are harmful to your teeth, and consequently to your overall health.

Lemon Water

Adding lemon to your water has become quite popular. It helps you stay hydrated and supplies your body with vitamins it needs to stay healthy. But you have to remember that lemons are very acidic, and sipping lemon water all day can expose your teeth to more acid than is necessary. Acid can eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing tooth decay. The good news is that you don’t have to give up lemon water completely. Instead, drink it faster instead of sipping on it over the course of several hours. This will help to minimize the exposure of your teeth to acid.

Making Your Own Toothpaste

Making your own toothpaste seems like a good move for your health, but homemade toothpaste is probably where you need to draw a line. Commercial toothpaste is evaluated by the American Dental Association in order to ensure they’re not overly abrasive for your teeth. Toothpaste you make at home isn’t tested, so it could be way too harsh on your enamel. If you use plain baking soda, charcoal, or salt to brush, it can damage your tooth enamel and leave your teeth in harm’s way of sensitivity and decay.

You can buy natural toothpaste in the store, but make sure it has the American Dental Association seal of approval before you do.


Many people have started juicing their fruits and vegetables as a way to pack a glass full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. The problem is that these juices are packed with sugar, and that can leave your teeth exposed to erosion and decay. Some juices can even stain your teeth. You should work to keep your juices more tooth-friendly by only using vegetables or forgetting the juicing altogether!

So, take care of your teeth and your overall health by avoiding these things!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.


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