Visiting the dentist can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re susceptible to gum disease or cavities. While we all know the basic things that drive dentists crazy– like hardly ever flossing– there are some lesser-known habits that may be cause for concern. For instance, whitening your teeth too frequently or brushing right after coffee may negatively impact your enamel. Did you know that it also may be a good idea to quit chewing ice and avoid tongue piercings? You’ll be surprised how many common habits leave your dentist shaking their head in disapproval.
Brushing Your Teeth Right After Drinking Coffee
For many of us, it’s hard to imagine getting out of bed without a cup of coffee. If the first part of your morning routine is chugging a cup of joe, you may be putting your tooth enamel at risk when you brush your teeth.
The acidity in coffee can eat away at your tooth enamel, especially if you brush your teeth right after. Instead, brush your teeth before drinking coffee and then drink plenty of water to remove lingering acidity. If you’re worried about having coffee breath all day, then wait at least 30 minutes before brushing.