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Once you are well into your teen years and into adulthood, you have only one set of teeth which have to last you a lifetime. The condition and life of your teeth depends on the lifestyle you choose. The correct lifestyle not only ensures that your teeth don't fall out, but also that you experience fewer toothaches. In turn, you won't have to spend a bomb at the dental office.
A few changes in your lifestyle will help you have good teeth. A lot of these lifestyle changes depend on what you are putting down your throat.
1. Avoid Sodas and Carbonated Drinks
Many people consume large quantities of Coca-cola and Pepsi. However, these are sugary and acidic drinks that degrade your teeth. In fact, it is well known in the dental industry that carbonated drinks can dissolve a tooth.
Instead, switch to sparkling water and fruit juice. Apart from taking care of your teeth, you are cutting on some calories big time.
2. Always Drink Water with Every other Drink
Water is the all-cleanser for your mouth. Whenever you drink a sugary drink, having a sip of water prevents the drink from lingering and causing bad breath, bad toothaches and teeth staining later on.
3. Opt for Hard Sweets and not Chewing Candy
There are plenty of candies which require your teeth to chew it down. Avoid them because sugar creates acids when it is broken down in your mouth. This especially happens when the sugar remains in your mouth for too long.
Hard sweets provide the same enjoyment and they don't linger long enough in your mouth to create harmful acids.
4. Go for Xylitol gum
Xylitol gum is a sugar-free gum which uses artificial sweeteners. This is the easiest way to avoid chewing candy, especially if you like chewing gum. The artificial sweetener used by xylitol gum can't be broken down in your mouth. This significantly reduces bad breath and tooth decay in your mouth. Plus, chewing gum does give you benefits like keeping your mouth moisturized, having a fresh breath and preventing cracks on your tongue and gum.
5. Improve your Intake of Vitamin D
The best source of Vitamin D is the sunlight, especially the early morning sun. Vitamin D is essential for your gums and teeth.
6. Stop Smoking
If you are a smoker, then consider getting off cigarettes. It can actually improve your teeth. Smoke creates a bad dryness in your mouth and added to that, the various toxins that pile inside is not good. Plus, your teeth will get a dirty yellow stain on them.
It goes without saying, but your overall life quality will improve once you quit smoking.
Slowly start incorporating these lifestyle changes and watch how your dental condition improves and your teeth takes care of themselves!
Brushing your teeth in the morning and evening is probably the most reinforced dental habit. However, many parents ignore flossing as a way to take care of teeth. In fact, there are a large number of people who consider brushing their teeth frequently in the day as a replacement to flossing. This is not true.
Flossing is quite different from brushing your teeth. What a flossing session does is reach into those hard to get places, those corners and crevices of your teeth and remove any food particles that have gotten stuck there.
It essentially helps prevent gum diseases and tooth loss. Can you imagine food rotting in your teeth which causes a gum infection? And all of this happened because your tooth brush wasn't able to clean the tight corners of your teeth.
Flossing is better than using a tooth pick too. A tooth pick tries to use brute force to push out the food particle and you will land up damaging your teeth and gum.
Run your tongue through your teeth and you will realize that there are many gaps in-between which a brush won't be able to clean. This is why flossing is important. It gets to places that your brush can't, further enhancing the hygiene of your teeth.
Here are some quick tips to getting your flossing right.
- Pick a Floss
Don't just pick up a string of thread and start flossing your teeth. Ask your dentist which floss would be best for you.
- It's a Sawing Motion
Don't jerk the floss up and down, instead move it in a sawing motion of back and forth. This way the floss enters the crevice gently.
- Pull it Side Ways
Once the floss is in the crevice, pull it sideways so that you scrape off any particles that have gotten stuck to the teeth
- Get the Back Teeth Too
The back teeth are the hardest to get to, but most of the food gets stuck in there since your grinders do most of the chewing.
- Do it Gently
Do not grind the floss into your teeth or gum. Flossing is a gentle process, so don't hurry it otherwise you will risk damaging your gums.
- Do it at least once a week if you have a busy schedule
Flossing is a chore. There are so many crevices in your mouth and it takes longer than brushing your teeth. While it is highly recommended that you do it everyday, a lot of us just can't find the time to do so. In such a case, try to do it at least once a week. Sundays are best since you will actually have a holiday and can spend ten minutes cleaning your teeth in the morning or before going to bed.
The best thing you can do is make flossing a habit. Let it be part of your oral hygiene and you will take care of your teeth even better. In fact, don't be surprised if those random toothaches stop.
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Dr. Alexander Yeh and Dr. Iyad Al-Qishawi are registered general dentists. They graduated in the same class at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry.
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