Making sure your teeth stay strong for life is easier than you may think. Although time and our favorite foods can gradually wear away at teeth enamel, there are ways for you to keep it naturally strong with a few simple adjustments to your lifestyle. Here are just a few tips on how you can keep your teeth protected.
Avoid Sugars & Sweets
Sugars and sweets aren’t good for teeth. That’s because the sugar combines with acid and bacteria in your mouth to break down enamel. This leads to plaque and tartar, and can cause cavities and tooth decay. Some of the main culprits are candy, bread, dry cereal, milk, ice cream, cake and cookies. If you like these foods, make sure you’re eating them in moderation and always be sure to brush after eating. If you like to freshen breath with mints or hard candy, swap them out for sugar-free gum. According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugar-free gum containing malitol, sorbitol, or mannitol can help reduce enamel erosion.
You should be brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Always be sure to replace old toothbrush heads after three months, or when bristles wear down. Use a toothpaste that helps fight enamel demineralization. This means it contains ingredients like fluoride, phosphate, and dissolved calcium. Be sure to also floss once daily to remove food particles stuck in between teeth.
Eat Teeth-Strengthening Foods
A healthy diet is good for your whole body. This includes teeth. Dairy products like milk, kefir, and yogurt contain calcium and are great when consumed in moderation. Some fibrous foods can act like a toothbrush, scrubbing away food particles from teeth. Celery and strawberries are just two examples of foods that will gently exfoliate, leaving teeth feeling cleaner and more refreshed. Protein is also good for teeth, so be sure to be eating lean meats, nuts, and legumes whenever possible.
Treat Digestive Issues That May Cause Problems
Certain health conditions like heartburn and vomiting can cause stomach acid to interact with teeth and cause them harm. If you have a gastrointestinal issue, call your doctor to talk about solutions. Resolving the issue is good for both your digestive organs and the health of your mouth.
Stop Clenching Teeth
Grinding teeth is a major problem when it comes to weakening teeth. The constant clamping and abrasion leads to enamel erosion. This can cause teeth chipping, breaking, or being more sensitive to heat and cold. Please let us know if you clench your teeth at night, so we can get you fitted for a custom night guard. If you notice you’re clenching during the day, try to relax the tongue on the bottom of your mouth and separate your upper jaw from the lower jaw. Use stress relieving tactics like exercise and meditation to help lessen jaw tension.
If you follow these guidelines and come to see us regularly, you’ll keep your teeth healthy and strong. Contact us if it’s time to set up an appointment!Contact Us