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6 Things You Didn’t Know Increase Your Chance Of Having Tooth Decay

6 Things You Didn’t Know Increase Your Chance Of Having Tooth Decay

Growing up, we learned a lot of important lessons on how to maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay. These lessons taught us that failing to brush our teeth regularly, eating high sugary foods, and other carbohydrates can cause tooth decay. However, most of us failed to address the most obvious causes of tooth decay.

Tooth Decay Comes From The Destruction Of Tooth Enamel

To understand the cause of tooth decay, you have to understand that it is the result of the destruction of our teeth enamel, which is the hard, outer layer of our teeth. It is a chain reaction that starts when we eat or drink foods that contain bacteria that use sugars in the food to make acids. Later, these acids can create cavities in our teeth. And if left untreated, those teeth might become severely decayed.

Below are six factors that increase your chances of having tooth decay that you probably didn’t know already.

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1. Dry Mouth

When the mouth lacks saliva, harmful germs such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi will stay in it and cause cavities. However, having a dry mouth should not make you anxious. There are self-care steps that can help improve a dry mouth, such as chewing sugarless gum, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding cigarettes and alcohol.

2. Vigorous Teeth Brushing

More often than not, most of us have the habit of brushing our teeth vigorously with the thought that the harder you do it, the cleaner your teeth will be. Well, this is a very poor habit which you should stop immediately. Toothbrush misuse has a high chance of causing damage to your teeth, according to a published dental study by Dr. Thomas Abrahamsen in the International Dental Journal.

Often, patients who have over-brushed their teeth complain of sensitive teeth. What you should do is simply brushing gently by applying less pressure with circular strokes on gums and invest in a soft-bristled toothbrush.

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3. Not Getting Enough Fluoride

Did you know one of the benefits of drinking water is making your teeth enamel stronger due to the fluoride content it has? Fluoride helps to prevent your teeth from decay by making them more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth.

When you use fluoride regularly, it can reduce the number of cavities you might develop in your teeth. Therefore, according to Fluoride Information Network, drinking tap water with fluoride treatment and using fluoride toothpaste can reduce tooth decay.

4. High Acidic Foods Intake

At times, you might have felt tooth sensitivity, especially when you eat or drink something that is very cold or hot. Sensitivity is typically due to exposing the teeth to high levels of acidic foods. Tooth sensitivity is a common condition that results from the irritation of nerves in your teeth. Eating highly acidic foods leads to enamel damage, which exposes the inner layer of your teeth, exposing the nerve center, and leading to painful tooth sensitivity.

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What you should do is avoid eating high acidic foods, such as lemons, tomatoes, pickles, alcohol, coffee, etc. Instead, you should eat foods that are low in acid, such as bananas, lean meat, avocados, whole grains, broccoli, eggs, vegetables etc.

5. Drinking Alcohol At Night

During the night when you sleep, there is less saliva production, since your mouth is inactive. This state will make it more difficult for your mouth to wash away acids and bacteria naturally. The result, as you may already know, is that chances of tooth decay are likely to increase when you drink alcohol at night.

Therefore, you should avoid drinking alcohol at night. If you are unable to control yourself and limit your nightly alcohol intake, drink alcohol moderately as you sip water at the same time.

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6. Dairy Products

Eating natural dairy products is usually not harmful to your teeth because it contains calcium that make our teeth strong. However, when we combine dairy products mixed with other foods that have high sugar levels and other carbohydrates, which feed the bacteria in your mouth, then there are higher chances of developing tooth decay. Eat dairy separately and avoid eating unhealthy forms of dairy, like ice cream and frozen yogurt for example.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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