Even if you are the most diligent person you know about fighting tooth decay, things can still happen. This is because as we age, our teeth can become weaker. The protective layer of enamel becomes thinner, putting us at a higher risk of dental concerns. Keeping strong teeth isn’t an accident. It results from a series of good oral habits.
Our Oral health affects our overall health. Furthermore, poor oral health connects to many health issues. These issues range from a compromised immune system to cardiovascular concerns. So, if your goal is to have a great smile and a healthy body, including proactive oral health habits is necessary.
Healthy Habits for Strong Teeth
- Use Fluoridated toothpaste. – Many toothpastes are on the market, but they are not all the same. Some are kid-friendly, others for tooth sensitivity, and some boost gum health. But despite the differences, there is one common denominator to look for: fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral shown to prevent cavities and help rebuild the enamel on your teeth. Using fluoridated toothpaste and getting fluoride treatments at your dentist is a key component to maintaining strong teeth.
- Be intentional in your oral care – Brushing and flossing twice daily are not suggestions. They are the minimum requirements for preventing the eroding of tooth enamel. Beyond brushing and flossing, you must see your dentist twice yearly for cleanings and preventative maintenance.
- Minimize refined sugar intake. – When the bacteria in your mouth combine with sugar, harmful acids form, and plaque buildup occurs. Removing, or at least significantly reducing, refined sugars is a great way to protect your teeth.
- Eat foods that are rich in minerals. – Our teeth are porous and, as such, can gain or lose minerals. For healthy teeth, you need to intake more minerals than you lose. Foods rich in minerals include eggs, dark leafy greens, mushrooms, soft cheeses, and bone broth.
- Get your vitamins. – Besides mineral-rich foods, get plenty of vitamins A, D, E, and K2. These are all known for aiding the teeth’ calcium and phosphorus absorption.
- Drink plenty of water. – Water is one of the best things you can drink for overall health! But when it comes to your teeth, it is the best way to help with saliva production and, in turn, lower the risk of cavities. To be even more proactive when buying water, opt for brands that have fluoride added. Also, drinking more water helps you avoid dry mouth, a common cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
- Don’t grind your teeth. – This often happens when we are sleeping, stressed, angry, or anxious. If you have been told you grind your teeth or have noticed yourself doing so during the day, talk to one of the Boiling Springs Family Dental team members about a mouthguard.
- Treat digestive issues. – GERD, acid reflux, heartburn, and other gastrointestinal conditions can bring acid to your mouth and damage tooth enamel. Talk to your doctor about dietary changes and meds to avoid these issues. Also, let our team know so we can adjust oral care as needed.
- Avoid foods known as damaging. – Sticky foods such as caramel, popcorn which can get lodged between teeth and gums, and starchy foods like breads, potatoes and chips can wreak havoc on oral health.
Having a smile you can’t wait to show off is important. Do your part to protect your teeth by implementing these healthy habits. If you have questions about these habits or oral health care, don’t hesitate to contact Boiling Springs Family Dental. It is our goal to help you have healthy, brighter teeth. Talk to us today.