Families want to have healthy teeth, and the best way to do this is to visit your dentist regularly. You should also brush and floss your teeth regularly as this reduces bacteria and tooth decay. Cut back on excess sugary foods and instead bake with natural sweeteners such as honey and fruit puree. Here are additional ways you can maintain healthy teeth as a family. (List was brought to you by Andrew Gaylord, a Steinbach Manitoba dentist)
Children Need to Learn Good Dental Habits
Teach your children excellent dental habits early so that they will have this skill as they become adults. Start by brushing their teeth twice a day and in between snacks. Once they are old enough, they can brush their teeth although you can monitor them to ensure they’re doing it t the right way.
One of the best things you can do for your teeth is to quit smoking or not start at all. Excessive smoking because smoking stains your teeth and it boosts risks of gum disease and oral cancer. Your doctor can prescribe different anti-smoking aids that can help you as you quit smoking.
Leave the Unhealthy Foods Alone
Stay away from excess consumption of coffee, crunchy snacks, sweets and alcoholic beverages because these do damage to the teeth within a period of years. Stock up on fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods. Also, drink plenty of water because it reduces your development of bacteria that causes gum disease and tooth decay.
Increase Intake of Vitamin C and Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important in maintaining healthy teeth because it assists the body in absorbing calcium. And since calcium is essential to healthy teeth, you should consume foods high in vitamin D and take vitamin D supplements. Also, you need vitamin C because it has been proven by researchers that this vitamin is helpful in eliminating dental problems such as bleeding gums.
Take Care of Your Teeth During Recreational Activities
While it is healthy to get involved in recreational activities, you’ll need to prevent injuries to your teeth by wearing mouthguards before you play games or have practice.
Rinse Your Mouth with Mouthwash and Water
The main reason why you should rinse your mouth with mouthwash and water is that it removes the bacteria that builds up in the mouth after you eat and drink.
Brush the Tongue
You should brush your tongue as well as your teeth because the tongue collects just as much as the teeth.
Educate Yourself on Dental Health
Of course, the dentist will be your primary educator on caring for your teeth, but you can educate yourself in other ways. Read dentistry journals and attend local seminars sponsored by collegiate schools of dentistry. Talk to others who experienced dental problems similar to yours and find out how they solved them. This makes you more informed, and this makes the dentist proud.
Use Cosmetic Procedures if Necessary
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best ounce of prevention of tooth decay, but there are instances where cosmetic dentistry can help. If you no longer eat dark coloured foods or drink coffee but it is still hard to keep the teeth white, get a teeth whitening. Or you can get braces if your teeth are misaligned.
Consider Dental Sealants
Look into getting dental sealants for yourself and the kids because sealants are particularly beneficial to the molars since a lot of food particles get lodged in them. Sealants reduce chances of tooth decay in the molars.
No Grinding of Teeth
Teeth grinding is an unhealthy habit that brings bad consequences to your teeth. These include struggles with chewing due to jaw problems, enamel erosion, tooth loss and the inability to get veneers or dental implants. If you struggle with teeth grinding, ask your dentist about getting a mouthguard.
Have Your Teeth Cleaned Annually
It is also important that you have your teeth cleaned at least once a year. Not only will your teeth look better, but there are other benefits. These include cleaner gums, removal of tartar and plaque from the teeth, and a reduction of your chances of developing gum disease or tooth decay.
Change Your Toothbrushes
Another good dental habit is to change your toothbrush at least four times a year. This is because when you use the same toothbrush for too long, you are putting the old germs back on your teeth and this leads to more problems long term. For kids make sure you buy a soft bristled toothbrush.
Make Teeth Brushing Fun
If your kids hate their teeth brushing routine, make it fun. You can set the timer for five minutes and let them brush until the timer goes off. The kid whose teeth look the cleanest gets the chance to have a healthy bedtime snack. Put on the kids’ favourite apps on your phone and let them watch videos while they brush their teeth.
Don’t Use Your Teeth to Open Things
When you use your teeth to open things, you cause your teeth to become chipped or damaged. Use your hands or other tools to open certain things so that your teeth stay healthy.
Safe Teeth Whitening at Home
Sometimes you might not be able to visit the dentist for a teeth whitening, and here are natural ways to get a brighter smile. Make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide then brush your teeth with it. Munching on strawberries also helps keep teeth white.
Get Adequate Dental Insurance
To keep you and your family’s teeth healthy, you want to get adequate dental insurance that will cover all the important dental procedures that you might need throughout the year. Read reviews on different dental insurance plans and seek recommendations from loved ones or friends.
In conclusion, maintaining healthy teeth is pretty simple if you follow the tips mentioned above. Speak with your dentist if you experience pain or another symptom with your teeth so that the issue can be solved immediately. Start a nightly routine, and you’ll find that it will be easier to keep your teeth strong and bright.