Most adults know about the common dental health hazards, which include sugary or acidic food and beverages, dry mouth, and tobacco products. However, there are new dental hazards being discovered that most people don’t know about. Some are controversial or just being studied, but if you care about your teeth and gums, then learn about these newly suspected hazards so you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to stay away from them to protect the health of your teeth and gums.

1. BPA Exposure

BPA, which is a component of many plastic products, including water bottles, plastic cups, and plastic cutlery is a chemical that has been under scrutiny for several years now. It has been linked to many general health problems, but now, it is being linked to oral health problems.

A recent study on the effects of BPA exposure on young animals showed that acute exposure to this controversial substance can impede the growth of healthy dental enamel and lead to permanent brown or white spots on teeth.

2. Second-Hand Smoke

If you are not yet convinced that you should stay away from second-hand smoke, then a new study that links it to gum disease may just finally convince you that smoke in your environment is a more serious hazard to your health than you think.

A study showed that people frequently exposed to second-hand smoke had a much higher chance of having gum disease. These people had a higher level of a nicotine metabolite in their bloodstream than the study participants who were not frequently exposed to second-hand smoke, which is likely the cause of their higher chance of having this gum problem.

3. Over-whitening teeth

There are many more home teeth-whitening products available today than just a decade ago. The list of home-whitening kits is steadily growing, and this includes toothpastes, paint-on gels, trays, and sheets that cover teeth. With all of these options available, it is much easier to go overboard with teeth-whitening products and damage your tooth enamel or gums in the process.

While there is nothing wrong with getting your teeth whitened in a dental office or using a home whitening product every once in a while, make sure to whiten your teeth only as often as your dentist recommends. If you seek a more intense shade of white than you can achieve with occasional teeth-whitening, then it may be a good idea to look into dental veneers.

For more information, contact Westowne Dental or a similar location.