TIME CAN REALLY DO A NUMBER on our bodies. And your smile is no exception. Here are a few pointers for keeping your teeth in tip top shape, no matter your age.
Eat A Balanced Diet
First of all, be conscious of the foods you eat and whether they clean your mouth, or feed oral bacteria. Fresh fruits and vegetables often help fight plaque by scrubbing your teeth as you chew them. However, sugar and starches help cavity-causing bacteria to multiply in your mouth.
Second of all, make sure you’re supporting your dental health with the proper vitamins and minerals. Milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium, which will help strengthen your teeth. Vitamin D helps your body regulate and store calcium. Vitamin B and vitamin K are also important to support the health of your teeth and gums.
Heartburn is when stomach acids escape into the esophagus. If these acids reach your mouth they can do serious damage to your tooth enamel. If you have symptoms of chronic heartburn, talk to your doctor. Solving the problem will help both your overall health, and your teeth.
Avoid Over Brushing
Brushing too hard or too fast can wear down your enamel very quickly. You should choose toothbrushes with soft bristles. These are easier on your teeth. Also, here’s an important tip to keep in mind: wait 30 minutes after eating acidic foods to brush your teeth. Acidic food softens the enamel. Brushing right after an acid attack can further weaken the enamel.
Don’t Neglect Regular Dental Cleanings
One of the very best ways to avoid dangerous gum disease is by keeping your regular dental cleanings. At these appointments, we can clean beneath the gum line.
Keeping your teeth strong is important for your health. Make sure you keep up with your daily oral hygiene along with your regularly scheduled visits.