07 March 2018

5 Ways to Have Healthy Teeth for Life

Here are a couple ways to keep those pearly whites bright and healthy.
A smile says a lot about you, and it is usually the first thing people notice about you.
And what makes up your smile? Your teeth of course! So it goes without saying that keeping those teeth clean, white, and healthy is at the top of most people’s self-care list.
But are you really doing all you can to make sure your teeth are actually healthy and not just looking nice?
It is actually possible to keep all your teeth until a ripe old age if the proper steps are taken to care for them, just like any other part of your body.
Dentists, periodontists, and oral surgeons can help you out along the way, but it’s really you and your daily upkeep that will allow you to have healthy teeth for a long time.
Here are five ways to have healthy teeth for life, and you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that most of them are probably things you already do on the daily.
#1 - Keep Your Toothbrush Fresh
According to the Oral Health Foundation, brushing your teeth at least twice daily is a great way to keep your teeth looking nice and feeling strong. But if you are using a toothbrush that much it’s also just as important to replace your toothbrush often.
The Oral Health foundation recommends changing out your toothbrush at least every two to three months, or more often if you notice your bristles becoming worn down. They say that overusing a toothbrush is basically ineffective since worn down bristles can't clean teeth properly. Also, after time, toothbrushes can become filled with dirt and bacteria that becomes hard to remove.
#2 - Start the Good Habits Early
Just like any other good habit, the habit of taking care of your teeth is a good one to start as early as possible.
Teach your kids from an early age how to properly brush and floss their teeth, and be a good example of it as well. And if this was something you weren’t taught from a young age, now is the time to start! It’s never too late to start a good habit that can help you to be healthier.
According to a Burke periodontist, the results of not starting these habits early can lead to not so fun things like gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.
#3 - Having a Healthy Diet
A healthy diet isn’t just good for your waistline; it’s good for your teeth as well.
Certain foods and liquids can have high acidity, and when eaten or drunk often enough can cause the enamel of your teeth to wear down. And when this happens you can become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease, according to the American Dental Association.
Most sugary drinks and foods are pretty acidic, so cutting down the candy and soda is better for your mouth and teeth. Eating fruits and veggies is a great way to get the nutrients your teeth need, especially foods high in Omega 3 fats, which can reduce gum inflammation and prevent gum and periodontal disease, according to Anthony M. Iacopino, DMD, Ph.D., and dean of the University Of Manitoba Faculty Of Dentistry.
#4 - Pop Some Gum in Your Mouth
Something as simple as throwing a piece of sugar-free gum can actually be a really helpful way to keep your teeth healthy in the long run.
According to Oral Health Foundation, chewing a sugar-free piece of gum can remove acidity from sugary drinks, as well as help remove food particles. It also helps your mouth to produce more saliva, which is necessary to clear away food and unwanted tooth acidity.
#5 - Make Sure to Floss and Fluoride
Flossing is something we’ve all probably heard a lot about, especially from the dentist, but it really is quite important for healthy teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once daily, either before or after a meal. They say that brushing and flossing should go hand in hand.
Fluoride is another important element of healthy teeth and can be found in toothpaste or even your own tap water. It's good to find out if your city puts fluoride in your water, and if not, make sure to use toothpaste that contains it.
For children 6 to 16, you can also get a fluoride supplement. But the ADA also said to make sure to not overdo the fluoride, and consult your dentist if you need to know how much to use.

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