Bad Teeth

Bad Teeth

Bad teeth is one of the common problems that people in all walks of life have. It is a problem that could be with you for a lifetime if you do not prevent it from happening or getting worse.

Teeth are important. They are our window to the outside world. It is not only important in aesthetic purposes. It is a very important part of our health and wellness since they grind the foods that keep us alive. In this article, you will learn how to care of your teeth by keeping it from getting bad.

Causes of Bad Teeth

Genetics and Heredity

  • Your DNA dictates the structure of your tooth enamel. Soft tooth enamel makes it easy for the microorganisms to do their damage and that leads to cavities.
  • It appears genes have something to do with sweet tooth. The more tenacious your sweet preference is, the more chances of you having a tooth decay.
  • Genetics also has to do with the metabolism of necessary minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and fluoride to keep the teeth healthy. If your body cannot metabolize these minerals very well, there will be consequences on your teeth.
  • Ability to taste different kinds of food and perception of bad taste is also hereditary [1].

Bad Foods = Bad Teeth

  • Sugary foods like candies, chocolates, honey, and caramel provide a sweet delight but these could hurt your teeth because they stick to their surfaces and it takes longer for them to dissolve compared to other foods. The amount of sugar ingested is not the dental issue here; it’s how often you ingest them.
  • Starchy foods like bread, pizza, pasta, chips, and burgers are made up of polysaccharides, meaning they are converted by salivary amylase into glucose or sugar when they are processed by the mouth. Additionally, they easily get in between teeth and they are quite hard to remove if you do not brush or floss after you eat.
  • Accumulation of sugar in teeth causes decalcification of the enamel.
  • Acidic foods and drinks like lemon, orange, tomatoes, and grapefruit contain citric acid that softens the structure of the teeth and causes erosion. After taking in acidic foods, and drinks, the mouth should be rinsed thoroughly.
  • While chewable vitamins, vitamin waters, and health drinks provide systemic benefits, these could actually be harmful to the teeth because these contain concentrated acids that cling to the surface.
  • Soft drinks and sports drinks like Gatorade contain high levels of sugar and acid. Even an iced tea is bad.
  • Drinking a bottle all at once is better than drinking it little by little, so that the exposure of the drinks to the teeth will at least be lesser.
  • Saliva washes away the food particles in our mouth and keeps it clean. Alcohol is an acid and it suppresses saliva production and secretion. You have a dry mouth if you drink alcohol. So there will be less protective barrier.
  • Dried fruits are wrapped in a nonsoluble cellulose fiber pack. This makes the fruits adhere with each other, trapping their sugar around the surface of the teeth, making them harder to remove [2].

Bad Teeth and Health Disease

Researchers say that bad oral health can be a factor in developing a heart disease. Oral symptoms are noticed in 90% of patients with systemic disease, including heart disease.

The heart is the main organ in the cardiovascular system. This system is connected in all the parts of our body, since the tissues need blood in order to survive. The blood circulates in our mouth.

Gums and teeth are correlated with the heart because when harmful microorganisms lodged in different areas of our oral cavity find their way into the circulation, the heart receives the blood and may cause infection since that microorganism is not supposed to be there [3].

Treatment for Bad Teeth

  • Brush your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day.
  • Use a dental floss to get rid of the food remnants that get in the gaps of your teeth.
  • Gargle with mouthwash to prevent halitosis or bad breath.
  • Eat acidic foods with meals so that the bad effects could at least be diminished.
  • Brushing with baking soda offers alkaline environment in your mouth, contradicting the effects of acid.
  • Xylitol decreases the bacteria in your mouth, thereby preventing cavities.
  • Recaldent helps mineralization of your tooth, thereby preventing decay [4].

Start Preventing Bad Teeth during Childhood

  • Milk teeth have to be brushed two minutes two times a day once it erupts. This develops good dental habits that he will carry for the rest of his life.
  • Some children’s toothpastes do not contain enough fluoride to protect the teeth from dental cavities and decay.
  • Parents should choose toothpastes that contain at least 1000 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride if their child is less than 3 years old. Children 3-6 years old should have a toothpaste with 1350-1500 ppm of fluoride
  • Excessive rinsing of the mouth after brushing diminishes the protective action of fluoride.
  • The child should be able to brush his teeth on his own when he reaches 7 years old.
  • Fluoride varnish involves painting of fluoride onto the surface of the teeth every 6 months until adulthood. This ensures strong tooth enamel.
  • Fissure sealants are recommended when the child reaches 6-7 years old. This is the time when the permanent chewing teeth begin to erupt. Fissure sealants coat the teeth in order to prevent tooth decay. The protective barrier lasts for 5-10 years [5].

Good Foods = Good Teeth

  • Water is the best treat for your teeth.
  • Dairy products like milk, cheese, and curd provide minerals like calcium to keep your teeth strong.
  • High fiber fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, pear, and apple have juice that can clean your mouth.
  • Nuts like cashews, almonds, peanuts, and walnuts contain vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc that are necessary for healthy teeth.
  • Green tea, coffee, and cocoa contain polyphenol that prevents dental problems [2].

British Joke on Bad Teeth

Picture : The Big Book of British Smiles
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British tea and dining etiquette are two of the things that bring great reputation to British people. But they are also renowned to have bad teeth.

British people with bad teeth are featured in “The Big Book of British Smiles” in the television show “The Simpsons.” They were used to scare kids if they do not maintain a healthy oral hygiene [1].


  1. Frysh P, Bad teeth? Blame your genes accessed on
  2. Sen DS, Foods that are Bad for your Health accessed on
  3. Smith MW, Healthy Teeth Healthy Heart accessed on
  4. Springen K, 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Teeth accessed on
  5. Children’s Teeth accessed on

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Article was last reviewed on September 11th, 2016.

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