Sure, we know that keeping your dentist happy is not the #1 item on your list of priorities. However, we also know that, if you do manage to keep your dentist happy, your teeth will remain healthy and strong for life. In an effort to help you do just that, the Dental Health Blog would like to offer 7 Tips for Healthy Teeth that most of our patients are surprised to discover.
7 Tips for Healthy Teeth
It goes without saying that we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once each day. Well, almost without saying, right? If you want to keep your teeth strong and your smile beautiful though, there are other things you can do to reach those goals.
- Calcium is your friend – because your teeth are made of calcium. Calcium is not only good for healthy bones, it also strengthens your teeth. Yogurt, cheese, and soybeans are all rich in calcium, and will help to keep your teeth and bones strong.
- Eat plenty of fruits and veggies – to ensure you get enough Vitamin C. Oral infection is the #1 cause of tooth loss. A diet that is rich in Vitamin C will help prevent such infections from occurring.
- Play outside – where you will get plenty of Vitamin D. By far the greatest source of Vitamin D is sunshine and, this critical vitamin aids the body in absorbing calcium so, eat some yogurt, then head outside to play.
- Saliva is your friend – because it helps battle oral bacteria. If you suffer from dry mouth for any reason, such as medications you’re taking, seek help from your doctor. Fruits and veggies also help, especially tart or sour foods like lemons, limes, cherries, or cranberries. Water also helps to promote saliva production, plus it flushes bacteria and keeps you hydrated.
- Forgot to floss? Eating crunchy foods like apples and carrots will provide a natural flossing action for your teeth, as well as a nice dose of Vitamin C, of course. Don’t replace regular flossing with an apple a day but, it works great in an emergency.
- Dump some sugar – from your diet. Sugar can lead to the growth of harmful bacteria in your mouth, leading to tooth decay and infection. Reduce your sugar intake and replace with fruit, for example.
- See your dentist – twice a year. Yes, that’s right, even with a healthy mouth and strong teeth, we strongly recommend that you visit your dentist every six months to make sure you’re taking good care of your teeth and mouth. After all, the things that cause the most harm to your teeth are microscopic. Regular visits to a dental professional will help you keep them under control.
For most folks, a little common sense will help them maintain a healthy mouth and healthy teeth. These 7 Tips for Healthy Teeth should augment your regular dental care, and are particularly important if you have a history of dental problems in your family.
The doctors and staff at The Colorado Center for Implant and Prosthetic Dentistry are available to help you determine effective solutions to all of your dental problems. If you would like more information from your Littleton area Prosthodontist, please call to make an appointment today.