How to Keep Them Healthy
Keeping a healthy mouth does not take a lot of effort and is not complicated. A few simple, regular habits give you both a healthy mouth and body. Understanding just how your lifestyle affects your teeth and health is important, because it may save you time and money when it comes to dental costs.
Your Teeth Need:
- A healthy diet — A daily diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains should make up the bulk of your daily food consumption. Whole and fiber-rich foods that are high in calcium support strong teeth and bones. Fiber keeps you satisfied longer and reduces sugar cravings.
- Speaking of sugar — the less sugar you consume, the better it is for your teeth. Eating no sugar would be ideal, but for most of us it’s not possible. We all crave something sweet at times and it may be hard to pass up the box of donuts in the break room. After eating or drinking something sweet, take a short break to do a rinse with water and perhaps even brush with a soft bristled toothbrush if possible to limit sugar’s damaging effects.
Floss and brush daily. Floss before brushing for best results. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time using circular motions. Be gentle, as hard or vigorous flossing and brushing can lead to irritated and receding gums, the exact opposite of what you’re after.
- Drink up! Water is the best hydrator and supports oral health. Drinking eight glasses a day means you’re not drinking enamel-damaging juice and sodas. Caffeinated beverages are dehydrating and contribute to daytime fatigue and caffeine crashes. Next time you feel tired by midday and think you need a coffee, it could be a sign of dehydration. Instead of sipping a sugary, caffeinated drink, drink water for rehydration.
- Visit the dentists at Sacramento Dentistry Group twice a year. Visiting our Sacramento dental professionals every six months prevents many potential problems such as cavities, tooth loss and gum disease from ever causing problems.
The Sacramento Dentistry groups believes it’s never too late to start good routines for better health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or consultation and experience how good dental health improves your life!