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NATURAL TIPS FOR HEALTHY TEETH
Oral health and hygiene is a very important part of life. No one wants to go about with bad breath; it simply won’t be so attractive. Healthy teeth are also necessary for good nutrition, this indirectly also translate into good health because healthy teeth prevent toothache occurrence which in turn will enable proper feeding. It has been discovered that gum disease can lead to other kinds of diseases and problems in the body, such as increased risk of heart disease. Healthy teeth also encompass the strength of the teeth. A compromise in the strength of the teeth can pose a very serious problem because this affectation will most likely lead to a chain of other negative occurrences.
This article will provide you with the necessary tips on simple and natural ways to maintain healthy teeth from childhood to adulthood.
Brush at least twice a day and floss regularly.
When brushing is gotten right, other bad effects can possibly be cut in half. Not only older people suffer from gum disease and tooth decay, many teenagers and children also fall into the category of those affected. Gum disease and tooth decay occurrence can be controlled to a certain extent with strict adherence to brushing and regular flossing.
Brushing should be done with dentally recommended toothbrushes, which should be changed on an average of about 3-4 times a year; also, older people who might have some trouble in holding a toothbrush or using floss can use an electric toothbrush-to make things easier.
Teenagers or children with braces might also need to talk to an orthodontist as regards special toothbrushes and other necessary tools for oral hygiene.
Exercise some moderation on fluoride use!
Fluoride is actually not a bad ingredient. It is one ingredient on the list for oral health hygiene. It has been found to strengthen the enamel and make it less prone to decay. Many kinds of toothpaste and mouth rinses have been fortified with fluoride for this purpose. But fluoride should not be overused. Excessive use of this wonder ingredient can cause the appearance of white spots on the teeth, which can damage the tooth forming cells during development of your kids teeth.
Coach the kids early.
It has been discovered that one in four young children develop signs of tooth decay before they start school; despite the advances and measure put in place to prevent such occurrences. Many children between the ages of 12-15 have also been discovered to have cavities, that’s why coaching should start early for the kids!
A child might likely grow his first tooth around six months and oral hygiene can start here. The teeth can be wiped with a very soft toothbrush and then proper coaching can commence by 2 years of age with proper supervision. The kids are very smart and pick things fast!
Do not forget to rinse your teeth after meals.
There are very good antibacterials available and rinsing your mouth with some of these can further improve your oral hygiene. It can also help in preventing tooth decay and gum problems. This can be done regularly in addition to the normal brushing and flossing.
Avoid the friendly enemy-sugar.
Sugar gives the feel of goodness when it is consumed in any form, but it actually does more harm than good to us. The end product of the breakdown of simple sugars by bacteria in the mouth results in the production of an acid which is not enamel-friendly. This acid is known to erode the enamel. Did you know that there a sugar replacement called Xylitol which can protect your teeth instead of damaging it? Use it, but be aware if you overuse, it might have some side effects(diarrhea).
Carbonation has also been found to increase the acidity level in the mouth and this spring’s up from carbonated soft drinks. Sugary drinks such as fruit drinks also raise the acid levels in the mouth when drinks are continually sipped over a long period of time.
Candies have been found as a contributing factor to enamel erosion because they remain on teeth surfaces. But sugar substitutes like xylitol which has been proven to be health friendly can be consumed. Xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits and vegetables and it helps fight cavities by starving cavity forming bacteria, it has also been found to lessen the occurrence of tooth decay and plaque formation. Xylitol has also been found useful in maintaining low blood sugar and insulin levels thereby reducing the risk of age related diseases.
Practice oil pulling.
The use of coconut oil or sesame seed oil to pull bacteria out of the mouth is referred to as oil pulling. It has proven to be an effective means of maintaining oral health naturally. It involves swishing about a teaspoon of oil into the mouth before brushing the teeth for 20 minutes. Without swallowing or gargling the oil, the oil is kept intact in the mouth for the speculated amount of time after which it is spat out. The mouth is then gargled with a mixture of warm water and salt to effectively wash out the bacteria-laden oil.
Watch your diet!
The place of eating right cannot be overemphasized. What goes into the mouth goes a long way in affecting the health of your teeth. Minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorous are essential in building healthy teeth. Therefore it is necessary that your diet contains these minerals in the right amount. Mineral-rich foods include green leafy vegetables, meat, eggs, fish, raw dairy products and fruits. Eating healthy is equivalent to having healthy teeth.
Do you know what smoking can do? Not only can it predispose you to have increased risk of developing heart diseases, but it can also stain your teeth to a significant degree if it contains tobacco. This can also increase the risk of developing gum disease or oral cancer. It will be safer to use smokeless tobacco.
In addition to all the tips provided, regular visits to the dentist save a lot of future stress. The visits could be as often as every 6 months. During a routine checkup, the dentist will check for necessary signs of tooth decay, bruxism or gum disease and remove any sort of plaque buildup. It is safer to pay regular visits to the dentist for check up than to wait for severe signs of decay or gingivitis.
Having healthy teeth is an important part of our existence and this can only be achieved through effective oral health and hygiene. Putting to practice the listed tips will keep our teeth in good shape and our smiles intact.