One of the first things we notice about another human being is their smile. Perhaps this is why we obsess over keeping our teeth picture perfect. Just walk down any aisle or turn on any television station, and you’ll see advertisement after advertisement for teeth whitening products and devices. Does it really take an expensive gimmick to keep your pearly whites pearly white? While some of these products can help your teeth regain their health and shine, it can be done in a much simpler fashion for many people. Here are a few tips for keeping your teeth in tip top shape.
Keep Sugar to a Minimum
Remember when you were young, and everyone told you that candy would rot your teeth? While that is a little extreme, sugar can contribute to poor dental health. Sugar that remains on your teeth can turn into plaque, and plaque can lead to tooth decay, diseased gums, and the breakdown of enamel. To keep your teeth healthy, don’t eat any more sugar than you have to, and when you do indulge in a sugary treat, brush your teeth quickly after.
Eat for Healthy Teeth
First and foremost, calcium rich foods are great for both tooth and bone health. These include foods like milk, seafood, and dark leafy greens. Another way to eat your way to good dental health is to eat foods that naturally brush your teeth. Foods like apples, celery, and pears clean your teeth naturally with their gritty texture and high water content. To get an extra boost in your brushing habit, just add any or all of these foods daily.
Drink More Water
There can never be said enough about water. Water cleanses the body in so many ways, and the teeth are no exception. The more water you drink, the more bacteria is flushed off of the teeth. If you can, drink water after you eat. This will give your teeth a healthy rinse, taking excess food, bacteria, and other germs with it. This one little tip will improve your health exponentially for not only your teeth, but your entire body.
If you want to put your best foot forward, don’t ignore the health of your teeth. Keeping a healthy mouth means keeping a healthy body since plaque and gum disease are linked to so many other ailments in the body. Use these tips along with a healthy brushing routine to keep your teeth and mouth in the best health possible.
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