Teeth actually say a lot about a person. Healthy, strong, pearly whites may say that they have their life together, they are clean, they care about their body and their health. Having nice teeth allows for a person to look more inviting and attractive. On the other hand, if a person has decayed, yellow, grey or brown teeth, people may be less likely to approach them. But, if they do they will be staring into their mouth at possibly awful teeth all of the time. Luckily, there are ways to prevent this from happening.
Here are five tips for stronger, healthier teeth:
Brush teeth twice daily
Dentists recommend that people should brush their teeth properly, for at least two minutes after every meal. The instruments required are a small headed, soft-bristled toothbrush that is able to remove plaque and germs, as well as get to hard to reach areas without causing damage. Fluoride toothpaste is also necessary because it helps to fight against cavities and tooth decay. Utilizing floss is another key element because it removes food particles from areas that a toothbrush cannot reach.
The tongue should also be given special attention as plaque build up on the tongue can lead to bad breath and other oral issues.
Reduce acid and sugar in the diet
Acidic foods and drinks such as sports drinks, certain fruits, and yogurt can attack the enamel. Sugar also converts to an acid in the mouth which also attacks the tooth enamel. When this happens, the enamel, which is a resistant outer layer that protects the teeth, is eroded and leads to cavities and tooth decay. This ‘rots’ the teeth, making them look unattractive while also being extremely painful and costly to repair. This also makes the teeth more susceptible to damage and will lead to increased risks of chipped and broken teeth.
Instead, consume foods that are rich in calcium and fiber. Crunchy fruits and vegetables will promote healthy teeth.
Avoid using the teeth for anything other than eating
People are usually tempted to use their teeth as a tearing, cutting and crushing tool for things other than food because it is convenient. They may use them to open bottles and packages, tear plastic or crush ice which can cause the teeth to chip, crack or break. This damage, though usually fixable, is extremely painful and costly. If one wants to maintain strong teeth, it is best that they avoid this.
Visit the dentist at least twice a year
Visiting the dentist at least twice a year is a good habit which promotes strong and healthy teeth. A dentist is able to properly clean the teeth, detect problems early, fix any problems and give advice on how to properly care for the teeth in the future.
Vitamins and minerals
There are some vitamins and minerals which help to strengthen and protect teeth. These vitamins and minerals include:
Calcium is a mineral which strengthens and protects the teeth and bones. Some good sources of calcium include dairy, leafy greens, and nuts.
Phosphorus helps to build and protect the teeth enamel. Some good sources of phosphorus are fish, eggs and whole grains.
Vitamin A helps to keep the gums healthy while also building the tooth enamel to be strong. Some good sources of Vitamin A are oranges, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
Vitamin D boosts mineral density and allows calcium to be absorbed, carried and deposited into the bones and teeth. People can get Vitamin D from the sun, cereal, and dairy products too.
Maintaining strong and healthy teeth does not have to break the bank, and it does not have to affect your daily life in any way. All you have to do is bear these tips in mind and keep consistent with your dental routine. Then, watch your teeth strengthen in time.
If you still have questions about maintaining healthy teeth, then feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to assist in anyway that we can.
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