The Things I’ve Learned About Taking Care of Your Teeth

I like to think my teeth look pretty good, but when I look too closely I can see evidence of the mistakes I’ve made over the years. A little chip here and there, things like that. Things that probably only I notice, but still irk me a little when I spot them. Over the years I’ve learned a few things about taking care of your teeth. I thought I’d share some of them with you!

Whitening Too Much Will Cause Sensitivity

I went through a bit of a phase where I wanted my teeth whitened constantly. I loved how white they looked immediately afterwards, but it would never be long until they began to look a little discoloured again. In my eyes anyway! This treatment wasn’t just a home treatment with strips or something similar, it involved mouthguards, weird gels, lights, and professional whitening person doing the treatment. The sensitivity I felt afterwards would be excruciating, and sometimes leave me unable to sleep at night! This might not be the same for everybody, but in hindsight this was probably a sign to chill out a bit. Since then, I’ve discovered easier ways to whiten my teeth. 5 minute teeth whitening is even possible with some of the methods available these days! Many of them give instant results and you can do a course if you need further whitening. Best of all, I don’t get any sensitivity anymore.



Opening Bottles With Your Teeth Should Be Avoided at All Costs

When I was around 13, my (now ex) uncle taught me how to open bottles with my teeth. You’d think a 13 year old girl would have no interest in this kind of thing, but I was beyond elated to have a party trick to show my friends on Fridays. Little did I realise the damage I would be doing to my teeth. I’m really lucky, as I’ve never fully cracked or chipped a tooth in a way you notice straight away. However, there are a few chips and I can only assume that’s where they came from. The last time I opened a bottle with my teeth was last year, and I really thought I’d cracked my tooth in half afterwards. I was panicking, mentally picturing the frantic trip I’d take to the emergency dentists. I basically had my visit to planned out in my head. I hadn’t chipped it, thankfully, but vowed never to do it again. I’ll be carrying a bottle opener with me from now on.

Putting Off the Dentist Will Lead to Gross Consequences

I’m not a huge dentist fan. I don’t have an irrational fear of the dentist. I’ve always managed to get through my appointments with a certain amount of eloquence and grace. However, it’s not one of my favourite things to do with my time. This means I usually put the dentist off for a few years before going again. The last time I did this, I ended up with a bit of wisdom tooth trouble. I won’t go into it here, because it’s pretty disgusting. Let’s just say I’ll be visiting the dentist every year like a good girl from now on.

What have you learned about taking care of your teeth? Let me know!

Amie Scott