If you don’t visit the dentist as often as you should staring at the plaque on your teeth in the bathroom mirror can be depressing. As we begin to age the built-up plaque might seem like a lost cause that can never be reversed but if you maintain a healthy daily regimen you will can make your teeth strong and healthy for a lifetime. Tooth strength really comes down to an exact science. There are particular ways to make your teeth healthier in both appearance and strength.
When teeth are mismanaged, they can become discolored and begin to lose their enamel (an outer layer that protects the second layer of ‘dentin’ on your teeth.) Take these steps to achieve a healthier smile that can reflect your inner strength on the outside.
Choose the Right Toothpaste
Certain types of toothpaste are more effective than others. Toothpaste that contains fluoride toughens your enamel and even has whitening properties. Fluoride is so powerful for teeth that it can even fight the beginning stages of tooth decay.
Pairing an effective toothpaste with mouthwash that also contains fluoride is the optimal way to fight tooth conditions daily.
Pick the Right Toothbrush
Toothbrush selections in stores can vary greatly but there are a couple things to consider when choosing the right toothbrush for you.
- Size: If the toothbrush is too large, it may not fit in your mouth properly so make sure you choose a brush that fits your mouth.
- ADA Approved: Check to see whether it is endorsed by the American Dental Association–stay away from dollar store brushes and bargain brand for obvious reasons.
- Bristles: The bristle strength is very important so don’t want choose a hard brush that will tear up your gums, but a toothbrush that is too soft could leave behind stronger unwanted plaque. It’s best to consult with your dentist about what toothbrush is right for you.
Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
This should go without saying, but the first two tips are useless if you don’t have good brushing habits. Dentists insist on everyone should brush two times a day, but for most people that is not the case. Most people brush in the mornings but fail to brush again before bed. During the holiday season or when you eat sweet or sticky foods brushing three times per day is the best option.
It is important to mention that when you do brush your teeth, do not apply too much pressure so the bristles can slide gently into any plaque filled crevices.
What you consume is directly related to the condition of your teeth. When consuming sugary food or drinks, bacteria in your mouth thrive which creates acidity that naturally corrodes enamel. If you eat this type of food at night, be sure to brush before bed, so the bacteria don’t have all night to multiply.
Citric or acidic food can aid in the breaking down of plaque, but you should wait an hour before brushing your teeth because acidity softens your enamel. So if you eat a sugary breakfast with a tall glass or orange juice, wait an hour before brushing. Many dairy products like milk and eggs are proven to strengthen enamel.
Some home remedies have been proven to help to remove plaque and tartar efficiently. Baking Soda is a great addition to your brushing routine because it not only strengthen but also whitens your teeth.
Calcium and Phosphorus are proficient in remineralization. This is the process of reversing the effects of damaged enamel. Taking supplements of these vitamins will provide your mouth with the opportunity to heal.
Another valid supplement is Zinc that is needed to strengthen teeth. These vitamins are found naturally in enamel and extra doses may help reverse the effects of neglect of your teeth. Mineral-rich water acts as a natural way to introduce these essential vitamins into your diet.
By taking care of your teeth and investing the time to keep them healthy, you can prevent many forms of gum diseases and even tooth decay. If your enamel is wearing off, you can take steps to fight this and achieve a smile you can be proud of.
Healthy teeth are not simply good for your health, but also your mood. A dazzling smile can catch all the right attention and brighten your day when you look in the mirror. It is important to think ahead before the ware of tooth neglect takes its toll. For more information please visit our blog page.