One of the key aspects of Preventative Dentistry we encourage is how to Strengthen Your Teeth.
It is very important to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Whilst teeth enamel is the hardest substance in the body it can weaken over the years.
This could then lead to ailments like dental decay, tooth sensitivity or enamel erosion if it is not looked after it properly.
So it is for this reason we encourage you to be aware of how to strengthen your teeth through the lifestyle choices you make.
Easy Ways To Strengthen Your Teeth
There are several very easy ways you can strengthen your teeth over the course of your daily life. These include the following:
1. Brush Twice Daily
We strongly recommend you brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time, after you eat.
Plaque accumulates quickly after meals so it is important to remove it quickly to prevent its bacteria from damaging your teeth.
If this does not happen then minerals are leached from the enamel. The longer this occurs the great the chance of a cavity.
Also using a toothbrush with rough bristles can damage the enamel of your teeth when brushing. So make sure you use one with soft bristles that has the ADA seal of approval on it.
An electronic toothbrush gives a far better clean than a manual toothbrush as well.
2. Use Flouride Toothpaste
Probably the most important element that helps to strengthen your teeth is Fluoride.
Fluoride is a mineral and every time your mouth comes in to contact with it your tooth enamel absorbs it to replace what has been lost throughout the day.
The more fluoride you can expose yourself too the better as it not only replenishes weakened enamel but also provides protection against future mineral loss.
It is for this reason you should also….
3. Drink Lots of Water
On the Sunshine Coast, like many states and territories in Australia, fluoride is added to the water supply. This helps strengthen your teeth naturally every time you drink water.
It is for this reason you should drink as much water as you can. As regularly as you can. Not least because it helps to wash away food debris that might otherwise linger in your mouth.
It also helps stimulate your saliva levels.
4. Floss Reguarly
Like with above, regular flossing every day after meals will remove plaque from in between your teeth. Therefore keeping them safer from bacteria.
5. Improve Your Diet
Every day what you eat is a very important factor in the overall well-being of your oral health. Foods that are high in sugar and starch can attract bacteria that produces acid which erodes enamel.
So where possible limit the consumption of junk foods, soft drinks and confectionery.
There are also a lot of other foods with lots of ‘hidden’ sugars that you should be aware of like citrus fruits, pickles and even tomatoes. Try to avoid those.
Also be mindful that carbs like pasta, bread and chips convert to sugar. So it is best to either completely remove these from your diet, or limit the number of times you eat them in a week.
6. Use A Straw
It you find the thought of giving up soft drink too difficult a challenge then adopt the practice of drinking it through a straw. The same goes for fruit juices that are also high in acid.
Drinking through a straw will limit the amount of exposure your enamel has to the acid. Therefore reducing the amount of damage that could be done.
Try to brush your teeth as soon as you have consumed the drink. Or as soon after it as you can.
7. Try Not Too Snack To Much
The more regularly you eat foods that are high in sugar or acid the more opportunity bacteria has to feed off it.
Limiting the amount of times you snack will limit the opportunity for the bacteria to attack your teeth enamel.
8. Chew Sugar Free Gum
Chewing sugar-free gum help to stimulate saliva. This in turn helps to stave off bacteria and the acid it creates.
Don’t chew gum with sugar in it as that would be counter-productive.
Instead choose one with xylitol, a natural sweetener, listed as the first ingredient.
Worried About How To Strengthen Your Teeth?
If you are worried about the strength of your teeth please call Jess on 07 5443 2800.
She will discuss your concerns and advise of the best course of action.
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