6 Ways To Strengthen Your Teeth
A lot of people think their teeth are indestructible. That is until they break a tooth, then wonder why it broke. While some are truly born with poorly developed teeth, that is quite uncommon. Believe it or not, the real reason people break teeth has to do with more than just their oral hygiene (though it is still incredibly important). Thankfully our teeth can be quite forgiving, to a certain degree. But once a tooth has had enough trauma, they will break or abscess. This blog is intended to bring to light the ways you can achieve healthier, stronger teeth.
1. Avoid Sugary and Starchy Foods
While it would be nearly impossible (and honestly sad) to avoid all sugary and starchy foods, it is better for your teeth if those foods are at least limited. Any food high in sugar or starch actually creates a bacteria in your mouth that will attack your enamel. This bacteria is even stronger in candies that have acidic properties in them, such as, sour patch kids, or sour gummy worms. In fact, any gummy based candy is especially harmful to your teeth because they tend to stick to teeth for an extended amount of time. Here at Dr. Eichhorn's office we suggest brushing you teeth as soon as possible after eating sugary, starchy, or gummy foods.
2. Eat The Right Foods
It only makes sense that is some foods are harmful to your teeth, others will be great for your teeth. As a general rule, foods with calcium, phosphorous, fiber and magnesium are good for your teeth. These minerals not only promote healthier enamel, but can also repair damage made by sugary and starchy foods. Here is a list of foods that will help promote healthier teeth:
3. Toothpaste Containing Fluoride
While you may not need to read every single ingredient on a toothpaste tube, it is important that you buy one containing fluoride. The reason for this is because fluoride helps promote hard and strong enamel, which may have otherwise been softened by sugar or starch. Fluoride has also been tested and proved to heal early signs of decay.
4. Chewing Only Sugar-Free Gum
While we do not encourage chewing gum in general, we understand many are not willing to give it up altogether. So for our patients who insist on chewing gum on a regular basis, we suggest chewing gum that does not contain sugar.
5. Visiting The Dentist Every 6 Months
This is so important to your overall oral health. Not only will we be able to detect early signs of decay, but also to remove any tarter and plaque buildup. Most people, no matter how great their oral home care is, develop tartar on their teeth. This is especially common for adults. The reason tartar buildup is so concerning is because it causes bone recession, and ultimately tooth loss if left untreated. This is why we suggest coming in to see us for a general cleaning and checkup every 6 months.
6. Brush Often
This is absolutely the most important item on this list to maintaining strong teeth. Sadly there was a study conducted showing that only 45% of males and 37% of females brush their teeth twice a day. We suggest brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night, and more often when eating sugary or starchy foods. Brushing in the morning will remove all the bacteria and acid buildup that happens while we sleep. Brushing at night will remove all the plaque, bacteria, and sugar that accumulates throughout the day.
For more tips on how to strengthen your teeth and promote better overall oral health, call us to set up an appointment where we can assess your current oral condition. Our number is 501-268-5115.