Healthy Habits For Your Teeth

healthy habitsNobody cares more about your smile then your dental hygienist. Not only are they there to clean your teeth twice a year, but to offer advice and tips on how to keep your teeth clean at home.  It may feel like a lecture, but don’t ignore these healthy habits for your teeth.

In a slide show article from U.S. News, Lisa Esposito lists some of these healthy habits for your teeth as per your dental hygienist.  It includes things such as fighting bacteria by brushing and flossing. Keeping your routine dental appointments as it is important to get your teeth deep cleaned twice a year.  Limiting coffee and soda as they contain acids and sugars that lead to tooth erosion and cavities. There are many other ways to maintain that super smile. Check out the full slide show with all the tips you need to keep your smile shining here: http://health.usnews.com/wellness/slideshows/10-healthy-teeth-habits-from-dental-hygienists?slide=3

Tips For Maintaining Healthy Teeth And Gums With Braces

bracesGood oral hygiene is important for everyone, but those with braces need to pay extra attention to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Wearing braces can present a few challenges, but here are some tips on keeping up on oral care.

Brushing – It’s a bit more challenging to prevent plaque buildup with braces, but it can be done. Be sure to brush after every meal and choose a toothbrush that will clean well around your brackets as well as all the surfaces of your teeth. There are special brushes, proxy brushes, that are made to fit under the wires and clean between each tooth.

Flossing – You might think that flossing is impossible with braces because of the wires, but its not. There is a simple threading tool that is made for this specific reason. You thread the floss under the wires so you can floss between each tooth.

Fluoride – Fluoride is an important addition to your oral hygiene routine with braces. It helps reduce the formation of plaque and helps to strengthen enamel to avoid cavities. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride when brushing.

Foods – Certain foods such as hard sticky candy, popcorn, nuts, and other hard foods should be avoided while wearing braces. These foods can loosen, bend or break your appliances. High acidic foods should be avoided as much as possible as well because they can cause damage to the tooth enamel. Concentrate on lower acidic health foods like bananas, cantaloupe, grapes, peaches, apples, watermelon and most vegetables.

Above all, be sure to follow specific instructions given to you by your orthodontist. Most likely they will give you some of the tips that are explained above.

Six Tips To Keep Healthy Teeth And Gums With Braces | World Dental

Top 10 Questions & Answers For Healthy Teeth

An article from HealthyTeeth.org addresses the top 10 questions and answers for healthy teeth.

  1. How does sugar damage teeth? Sugar turns into an acid in the mouth by using the naturally occurring bacteria in the m29669694-isolated-stethoscope-examing-tooth-on-white-backgroundouth to multiply. This attacks the enamel on your teeth and overtime turns into plaque which eventually can turn into cavities.
  2. How much sugar is in my favorite foods?  Many of kids favorite foods are full of sugar.  To see a table of some of the most popular foods and their sugar content click here.
  3. How much sugar should we consume each day? Children and adults should consume no more than 10% of their daily calories in sugar. That makes only 51 grams of sugar for a child 5-11 years of age.
  4. What color should my teeth be? Your teeth can be all different shades of white and still be healthy. But tooth enamel can be stained by certain foods, coffee, tea or wine.  It can also be discolored from smoking and even while aging.
  5. Why is sugar bad for your teeth? As mentioned above, sugar attacks the enamel on teeth and leads to cavities. Brush and floss daily to help keep teeth healthy.
  6. Why am I losing my sense of taste? Aging naturally decreases our sense of taste and smell. Certain medications, diseases and dentures can contribute to a decrease in the sense of taste.
  7. What are common problems with baby teeth? Tooth decay – cavities are the most common problem in children’s teeth.  Injury – Falls and other accidents can lead to chipped, cracked or knocked out baby teeth.  Congenital issues – unusual tooth position, size or shape of baby teeth or even missing teeth.
  8. What causes crooked teeth? Crooked teeth can occur from things like thumb sucking, allergies and breathing habits.
  9. Do I need to brush if I have dentures? Yes. There are even brushes specifically designed for denture cleaning.
  10. Why do we have baby teeth? Baby teeth are needed for eating, talking and smile development. They also act as space holders for permanent teeth.

Top 10 Questions and Answers | Healthy Teeth

How to Strengthen Teeth in Adulthood

As an adult, you may think that there is not much you can do to increase health and strengthen teeth.  We sometimes seem to think that strong teeth can only be developed as children. But the good news is that with just a few simple things, adults can improve the strength 29763866-figure-jaw-with-teeth-closeup-made-a-a-in-vector-graphicsof their teeth.  This is because tooth decay is all about the chemicals in your mouth and what you eat and drink and how you care for your teeth can change all this.

As you probably know, it is crucial to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove plaque from your teeth. Another thing you can do is to be sure your teeth get enough fluoride. You can do this by using a fluoride toothpaste and also by eating foods and drinking water that contain fluoride.

You can also take vitamins to help strengthen your teeth. Calcium is good in strengthening teeth, because teeth are bone.  Other vitamins for your teeth are Vitamin A and D.

To learn more about how to strengthen teeth in adulthood, check out the article from How Stuff Works found here.

Avoid These Foods For Healthy Teeth in Children

Taking your children to the dentist can be a rude awakening if your child ends up with one or more cavities. Summer time can be especially hard because rules seem to relax a bit and children end up eating more candy and soda. But we all know that what our chi27806984-colorful-candy-on-a-isolated-over-a-whiteldren eat is very important for healthy teeth.

Bacteria in the mouth are what actually cause tooth decay that leads to cavities.  Sugar tends to help these bacteria grow and turn to acid which eats away at the tooth enamel.  This is what begins the decay and cavity process.

So what foods should your child avoid in order to have healthy teeth?

  • Sugary foods, candy, soda, sweets, and even sweet or gummy vitamins after brushing.
  • Sticky foods like Skittles, Starbursts, gummy bears and dried fruits.
  • Long lasting candies like lollipops or Jolly Ranchers.
  • Starchy foods like french fries, white bread and pretzels that can convert to sugar in the mouth.
  • Acidic foods and drinks like soda, citrus and tomatoes.

What Your Children Eat Can Help Make Their Teeth Healthy | The Seattle Times