Tips for keeping your teeth healthy

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Our teeth are very important to our well being. Tooth decay (cavities and dental caries) and gum disease are caused by colonies of bacteria that constantly coat the teeth with a sticky film called plaque. Taking care of your teeth helps to prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. If plaque is not brushed away, these bacteria break down the sugars and starches in foods to produce acids that wear away the tooth enamel. The plaque also hardens into tartar, which can lead to gum inflammation, or gingivitis. Follow these tips to keep your teeth healthy for your lifetime:

  • 1. Very important: Brush at least twice a day, and as soon after eating as possible – even after snacking. It was only 100 years ago that toothpaste was invented. Brushing correctly breaks down that sticky plaque.

 

  • 2. Brush all of your teeth, not just the front ones. Spend some time on the teeth along the sides and in the back. Brush away from your gums.

 

  • 3. Spend at least 3 minutes each time you brush. If you have trouble keeping track of the time, use a timer or play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time.

 

  • 4. Be sure your toothbrush has soft bristles (the package will tell you if they’re soft). Replace your toothbrush at least every three months. Some toothbrushes come with bristles that change color when it’s time to change them.

 

  • 5. Learn how to floss your teeth, which is a very important way to keep them healthy. It’s a little awkward at first but soon you’ll be an expert. Slip the dental floss between each tooth and up along the gum line. The floss gets rid of food that’s hidden where your toothbrush can’t get it, no matter how well you brush.

 

  • 6. Visit your dentist twice a year. A visit to the dentist will help you keep your teeth clean and prevent potential problems.

 

  • 7. Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. Why do a great job on your teeth only to have them come in immediate contact with the microbes living on the surface of your tongue? An added plus, your breath will be a lot better!

It’s not just brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist that keep your teeth healthy – you also need to be careful about what you eat and drink. Vitamin C has long been known as important for healthy gums and a good colloidal mineral supplement will provide the calcium and phosphorus your teeth need. 

 More teeth are lost through gum disease than through tooth decay. Gum disease is likely to hit anyone who neglects oral hygiene or eats poorly. Your strong autoimmune system is one of your best defenses against poor oral health and GOOD food is your best source of essential vitamins and minerals. Remember, the plaque on your teeth is just waiting for that sugar to arrive. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink water instead of soda. And don’t forget to smile!

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