WEBDESK: Obsessed with your pearly whites, you have taken to brushing your teeth after every meal. But your mommy told you only to brush your teeth twice a day — before breakfast and before bedtime. Turns out she was right.
Brushing after meals
Dental experts say that rushing to the bathroom immediately after a meal is not good for your teeth. The breakdown of food in the mouth leaves an acidic residue which weakens the enamel the protective layer on the teeth. Brushing the teeth when the enamel is weak can strip the enamel permanently, causing tooth sensitivity.
Instead: It’s a good idea to wait for at least an hour after the meal before reaching out for the toothbrush. If you must dislodge food particles that remain after eating, rinse your mouth with water.
Using the hand sanitizer
Do you have a habit of reaching out for the hand sanitizer each time you finished eating food. You might be doing yourself more harm than good.
While hand sanitizers are a convenient method of cleaning hands and getting rid of germs, it’s important to use them properly.
According to a research conducted by University of California Davis, US, most hand sanitizers contain a chemical called triclosan which gets absorbed easily by the skin. As it enters the blood stream, it disrupts cell communication necessary for muscle coordination.
Long term use can leave the skin dry and cause problems such as infertility, early puberty and poor heart function.
Instead: When possible, use the time-tested method of washing your hands with soap and water.
Wearing flip flops
Flip Flops makes life easier for many but did you know that it can be a source of problem in long run.
Podiatrist and mobility consultant says flip flops are not good as they do not provide any arch or structural support to the feet.
“While walking, the toes have to constantly grip the slippers to control and balance them from slipping out. This alters the natural foot lift-off and landing and could lead to problems such as plantar fasciitis — inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot,” he says.
Instead: It is a good idea to wear flip flops at home, but ditch them when stepping out.
Drinking only bottled water
Bottled water is processed water and has been stripped off minerals. In tropical climates such as Karachi, it serves the purpose of hydration. But in the long run, it can leave your body lacking in essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica and sulphate. These minerals perform various functions in the body such as energy production and cell and muscle repair.
Instead: Fill your glass with water purified by a filtration system or carry a bottle from home.
Source: Times of India