A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
Keeping your teeth and mouth in good health is an important part of enjoying a healthy lifestyle. There are many tips and methods you can implement and use in your life, if you are not already doing so, to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of oral cavities and inflammation. Here are some tips to help you keep your teeth in good health.
Eat Oral Health-Promoting Foods
The foods you eat can make a big difference in the health and condition of your teeth and gums. Foods that are high in phytic acid, such as grains, nuts, legumes, and seeds prevent your body's absorption of teeth-healthy minerals. This results in your teeth lacking the appropriate minerals they need to remain strong and free of decay.
Keeping your eating habits full of healthy fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy, and avoiding foods high in phytic acid, will help you keep your teeth in a healthier state. Then, supplement your diet by taking vitamins containing phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D to help support the health of your teeth.
Keep Your Teeth Plaque-Free
An important part of keeping your teeth healthy is removing plaque build-up on them each daily with regular brushing and flossing. Plaque forms and will stick on your teeth after eating and drinking foods. Fortunately, plaque is a soft substance that can easily be wiped from your teeth with gentle tooth-brushing. And flossing removes plaque build-up within the cracks of your teeth.
Without brushing to remove the plaque each day it will harden into tartar. In fact, it can harden to tartar in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Tartar can only be removed by having it scraped from the surface of your teeth, such as by your dental hygienist. For this reason, it is important to visit the dentist several times each year so they can remove any tartar build-up from plaque you may have missed during regular brushing.
You can also practice oil pulling with coconut oil to help clean your teeth. Each morning before you eat, drink, or brush your teeth, put a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth and begin to swish it around when it melts. Continue swishing the oil for up to 20 minutes, at which point you should spit out the oil into the trash. During the swishing, the oil traps toxins and bacteria, including removing plaque from your teeth, reducing inflammation in your gums, and whitening your teeth without the use of harsh chemicals.
For more tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy, talk to a family dentist practicing near you.