Keeping your teeth strong and healthy is one of the best ways to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay—and strong teeth are also an important measure of your oral health. In today’s blog post, we’ve put together a few tips to help you strengthen your teeth and develop a healthier smile.
1. Use Fluoridated Mouthwash or Toothpaste
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to prevent tooth decay. It is often added to public water supplies and popular oral healthcare products. Though you can receive a professional fluoride treatment from your dentist, it’s also a good idea to use a fluoridated mouthwash or toothpaste in between appointments to strengthen the enamel on your teeth. After using one of these dental products, avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes so that you don’t wash the fluoride away.
2. Eat Foods with Calcium and Vitamin D
Calcium and Vitamin D naturally strengthen your bones and your teeth—so it’s important to make sure you’re consuming enough of these important nutrients each day. Dairy products are high in calcium and Vitamin D, and you can often find beverages like soy milk and orange juice that have had these important minerals added. If you have any dietary restrictions that prevent you from consuming such foods, take a vitamin or supplement to keep your teeth and your bones strong and healthy.
3. Use a Soft Toothbrush
You already know that you need to brush at least twice per day, but did you know that it’s just as important to use a toothbrush with soft bristles? Soft toothbrushes prevent your gum line from receding and are more gentle on your tooth enamel. While it’s important to brush thoroughly, make sure you’re also being gentle with your teeth. Brushing too hard can damage your enamel and irritate your gums, leaving you more susceptible to further oral health issues.
4. Enjoy a Balanced Diet
Your oral health is closely linked to your overall health—which means that enjoying a balanced diet is good for your body and your teeth. Consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, and protein and avoid excessive fats and sugars. Try to limit your intake of sodas, wine, coffee, and tea, because all of these substances can damage the enamel on your teeth and leave stains.
5. Floss Daily
Floss every day to prevent food debris and plaque from building up in between your teeth. When left alone, these materials promote the growth of bacteria that can lead to serious oral health problems like tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease. Flossing is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
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