Self Dentistry Tips

Brush at least twice a day – that is the common advice of dentists. It cleans away the plaque and maintains the health and integrity of your gums and teeth. Gum disease and tooth decay are no joke, after all.

Did you ever wonder if there were any foods out there that you can eat with abandon without worrying about your oral health? Recent studies recommended the following healthy foods for the teeth, so read on:

1. Sugarless Gum

Yes, gum can be healthy, as long as you stick to the sugarless kind. We all know that sugar is bad for the teeth, and if we were wise, we would have listened to our parents when they cautioned us against those lollipops and candies when we were young. However, if you have a sweet tooth that craves to be satisfied, there are tons of sugar substitutes out there that give you that sweet deliciousness, without giving you tooth decay.

Chewing gum also induces the production of saliva, which helps in dislodging food particles and neutralizing the acids in your mouth.
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2. Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese

Eat calcium-rich foods for your bones and teeth. Just as calcium helps in fortifying your bones, it also helps reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Not fond of drinking plain old boring milk? Try milk-rich dishes such as soups, instead that can also help hydrate you and cheese is an especially calcium-rich option that actually works to strengthen your tooth enamel as you chew them.

Yogurt also contains calcium, and it has beneficial bacteria that can fight against and defeat the destructive bacteria that destroy your teeth enamel. Yogurt is also good for your overall immune system.
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3. Fruits and Vegetables

Try to eat your fruits and vegetables as freshly as you can, with as little preservatives as possible, so you can enjoy the benefits that they can offer for your teeth.

Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which naturally cleanses your teeth as well as your digestive system. They’re also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamins C and A, iron, and calcium. If you substitute raw apples and carrots, for instance, to those salty and sweet snacks, you can keep plaque build-up to a minimum. Chewing on these hard snacks also produces saliva. Their fiber content helps clean your teeth, and you also get additional water in your system, which is always a good thing.

That leads us to the last item on our list: water.

4. Water

We all know that nobody can survive for long without water. Water is life itself, but how does it promote healthy teeth?

Aside from the obvious fact that it helps wash away any accumulated food particles that may have stuck in our teeth, it keeps our mouths wet, which may reduce the buildup of bacteria that caused bad breath.

Drinking water also keeps our gums healthy, soft and resilient, and the whitest teeth in the world will do you no good if your gums are weak and fragile. All the healthy foods in your diet won’t work quite so well if you aren’t properly hydrated.

So stock up on these healthy foods for the teeth and reduce the chances of having to pay another painful visit to your dentist.

Tooth decay is just one of the many results of poor dental hygiene which is particularly common among children. This oral health issue is caused by cavity build up which is also where most dental issues stem from. Cavities also cause pain which makes it difficult for kids to chew their food properly. This, in turn, lessens the nutrients absorbed by the kid’s body. However, the greater issue with poor dental hygiene is that it not only affects a child’s oral and physical health. It can become the cause of self-esteem and social anxiety issues as well.

As parents, you don’t want your children to suffer from these. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce the risk of tooth decay and other related dental problems in your kids. One of these is by establishing important oral health habits for kids which you have an important role to play.

Eliminate the Thumb-Sucking Habit

It’s common and fine for youngsters to suck their thumbs. But this habit should be stopped as soon as your kids turn 3 to prevent its negative effects to their oral health. If this habit still continues after they reach that age, it will surely have an effect in the formation of their teeth and jaw’s structure.

Baby Bottle or Sippy Cup No More

Sleeping with a baby bottle filled with sugar-containing fluids, including formula and even breast milk, increases the risk of tooth decay. The same goes if your child is frequently using their sippy cups. Although helpful in introducing your kids from using a bottle to a glass, it is still not advised to let them use it for a long period every day. Otherwise, it will result to front teeth decay, especially if their sippy cups always contain sugary drinks.

Brushing Teeth Two Times a Day

Brushing becomes a necessity as soon as your kid’s teeth erupt. Then you need to start teaching them the proper way of brushing their teeth once they turn 2. You can do that by demonstrating the right technique to them and supervising them as they do it on their own.

Flossing

This important oral health habit should be introduced to your child along with its importance at the age of 4. Flossing should be performed by parents during this period until their kids develop the dexterity to perform the task by themselves. Your kids are likely to learn how to floss once they reach the age of 6 and above.

Regular Dental Visits

It is so easy to forget about dental checkups especially if you are a busy parent. But remember that brushing as well as flossing can only do enough. A professional is still needed to check and determine whether they have dental problems, like cavities and misalignments. So make sure to get your child acquainted with a dentist early on to make them feel comfortable during visits.

Consume Less Sugary Snacks

Consuming a lot of sugary snacks is not only bad for the health, but it also helps increase the risk of tooth decay. So make sure to lessen and control the sweet foods being consumed by your child. Encourage a balanced diet as well to ensure that your child’s teeth will remain strong and decay-resistant.

Make the Process Fun for Them

Expect that the process of establishing these habits will be difficult at first. The good thing is there are a lot of things you can do to make the process exciting for them. The most basic of these is to serve as an example for your kids. Take advantage of the oral care products designed for kids as well. A good example of such product is the electric toothbrush, which makes the task more fun and easier and faster to complete. There are also the different flavors of toothpaste for kids. Allow your child to choose which they prefer.