Your answer to a healthier, whiter smile

Dental work is expensive - avoid the chair (and the fees) by ditching these bad habits during and after a night out

Hair & Beauty

Forgetting to brush

We all know it’s a bad idea to go to sleep with make-up on - yet there are many of us that would come home after a night out and forgo a decent brush. Why? Maybe because, unlike our skin, our teeth won’t show the effects of poor hygiene after just one night. However, constantly missing brushes allows the build of plaque, which basically eats away at your tooth enamel.

Our advice is to spend an extra couple of minutes in the bathroom taking care of those pearly whites before you hit the pillow. It’ll help you avoid cavities and more serious gum disease and bone loss down the line.

Drinking fizzy mixers

Whether you’re a gin connoisseur or rum-obsessed, you’re probably used to pairing your favourite tipple with a mixer such as Coca Cola or lemonade. However, these fizzy mixers usually contain acids which attack the teeth - whether sugar-free or not.

Limiting your intake is without a doubt the easiest way to avoid damaging your teeth. However, using a straw (preferably a reusable, eco-friendly one!) can help keep the acids away from your teeth.

Social smoking

Even if you only smoke on nights out, it can still cause dental problems. Cigarette smoking can lead to yellow and stained teeth which can not only affect your confidence when you smile, but is also expensive to properly correct.

You’re also exposed to the more serious issues which affect regular smokers, including gum disease and delayed healing of ulcers and cuts within the mouth, which could lead to infection.

Junk food

We’ve all had that craving for bad food at the end of the night, but this habit negatively affects your teeth in more ways than one. Firstly, after a night of drinking and dancing, your body is craving nutrients that, let’s face it, you just can’t get from a doner kebab. And just like any other part of your anatomy, your teeth need vitamins to stay strong and healthy.

Secondly, if you’re chomping away at a meal on the way home, brushing your teeth straight away actually damages the enamel, leaving your teeth exposed to harmful bacteria.

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