Teeth have a great effect on how we look and also our health.
Many diseases are connected to bad gum and teeth, so oral health bears a great significance. And, of course, we all want to have a bright, white smile but it isn’t something that simply happens.
Tooth decay and cavities are the most frequent dental problems, so if you are facing one of them, here’s what you can do about it.
Cut down on sugar
Sugar is probably your worst enemy when it comes to dental health. Sugar feeds oral bacteria and prevents the flow of dental fluids. It is also very acidic, which leads to decalcification and demineralization of your teeth, which is the cause of tooth decay.
So, avoid soda, sweets and baked goods that are usually full of sugar. Raw honey and maple syrup are better alternatives to add flavor to your food and drinks. Drink juices on some occasions only and be careful with artificial sweeteners because they can lead to some health risks. Stevia is much better than artificial sweeteners.
Proper dental routine
In case you want to prevent dental cavities or even heal already existing tooth decay, your regular oral care needs to include the following to be truly effective:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day and make sure you covered all pockets, corners, and surfaces.
- Floss at least once a day because it will help you remove the food remains that the toothbrush didn’t manage to. It also prevents bacteria from forming in your mouth.
- Use mouthwash because it fights the existing bacteria and prevents them from reappearing.
Choose the right toothbrush
Few people are aware of the importance of the right toothbrush and how to choose it. It’s one of the basic steps of preventive dental care. First of all, pick a small or medium-sized brush. Its bristles need to be able to reach the crevices of the molars. Secondly, don’t use covers for your toothbrush. It’s where bacteria and microorganisms may hide. Instead, simply rinse the toothbrush with water after you’re done and leave it dry. Thirdly, you should change your toothbrush every two-three months because its bristles get damaged in time, meaning they won’t be able to clean your teeth effectively.
Foods to include in your diet
Nutrient-rich foods are the ones that will help you have healthy dental fluid and strong teeth. Raw dairy products are also an excellent choice for this. They are all full of calcium, vitamins D3 and K2, magnesium, and phosphorus. Try to consume dairy products at least once a week. The best options are kefir, raw cheese, and organic butter.
Increased vitamin and mineral intakes are important, so this is how your ideal diet would look like if you want to take proper care of your teeth:
- Plenty of meat, fish, eggs and bone broth
- Raw and cooked vegetables
- Raw dairy products
- One piece of fruit every day. It’s best if you eat it early in the day.
- Vitamin D – get as much sunshine as you can, and take D3 supplements when there’s not enough sunshine
- Healthy fats, present in coconut oil, olives, fish and avocado.
Use mineralizing toothpaste
Mineralizing toothpaste can be expensive but there are a couple of brands that offer fluoride-free toothpaste which is also affordable. Alternatively, you can make your own mineralizing toothpaste with a couple of ingredients from your kitchen. You will need:
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of aluminum-free baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of xylitol or 1/8 of a teaspoon of stevia
- 20 drops of peppermint or alternatively clove essential oil
- 20 drops of trace minerals.
Mix it all up and use it as regular toothpaste.
Regular visits to your dentist
Maybe you don’t find visits to your dentist very pleasurable but they are necessary if you want healthy teeth and gums. It’s always better to prevent a problem or at least treat it when it has just begun. Your dentist will clean the gum line both on the front and the back of your teeth, removing tartar and plaque. You’ll notice how your teeth feel smooth and clean after that. Make sure you visit your dentist at least twice a year, just to be safe.
All in all
Tooth decay can be prevented and some dental cavities can be healed. You just need to be disciplined when it comes to regular oral care and mind what you eat and drink. That way, you will ensure healthy gums and teeth for a long time.