6 Things You Can Do to NOT Loose Your Teeth

By: Staff
Excellent oral health has many benefits. Not only will you be able to show off a beautiful smile, but you’ll also be rest assured that you won’t have to deal with the agonizing pain that often accompanies dental problems. You'll have better self-esteem and a lot more confidence when your mouth looks and feels great. 
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On top of all that, you might also improve your overall health. Studies have shown that gum disease is linked to heart problems, possibly due to bad bacteria entering the bloodstream through the mouth and ending up in the heart. Preserving the health of your teeth and gums should be a priority in any healthy lifestyle plan. 

  1. Use an Electric Toothbrush

Toothbrush technology has come a long way. In the Middle Ages, people used twigs to scrape their teeth clean. Not long after, the first toothbrush was invented in China. It was believed to be constructed from hog bristles and featured a bone handle. 

Now, electric toothbrushes are the popular choice for oral care. While the American Dental Association states that regular toothbrushes are just as effective if used properly, the effectiveness is dependent on the person using them and their skill level. If you take the time to properly brush, you’ll get results, but if you have trouble doing a thorough job, an electric toothbrush will benefit you. This is especially true for young children, those with limiting physical conditions like arthritis, and anyone who simply has a hard time motivating themselves to brush properly. 

If you’re looking for an excellent electric toothbrush, check out the Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush. It features bristles that are specially designed for optimal coverage and is much more affordable than some of the other electric models available today. 

  1. Floss

This is certainly not the first time you’ve heard this advice, but you keep hearing it for a good reason. The benefits of flossing are clear. While recent studies suggest that flossing might not necessarily do much to prevent gum disease on its own, it visibly removes food particles from between the teeth, which is important for overall plaque reduction and maintaining nice breath. 

  1. Quit Smoking

This is another tip you’ve likely heard before. You already know why smoking is bad for your health, but if you don’t find the threat of cancer scary enough, maybe the threat of losing your teeth will do the trick. 

Smoking has been linked to:

  • An increased risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
  • Delayed oral healing after surgeries or extractions.
  • Discoloration of the teeth.
  • Increased bone loss in the jaw.

If you would like to quit smoking but are struggling, consider adding high-intensity exercise to your daily regimen. A good workout increases your endorphins, improves your mood and helps you feel better when the cravings are driving you mad. 

If you already exercise and don’t find that it’s helping your cravings, consider talking to your doctor about a prescribed cessation aid. You also might receive additional tips for quitting that pertain to your individual situation. 

  1. Change Your Diet

Many people don’t realize that oral health is holistic and can’t be achieved with dental care alone. While keeping your mouth clean and hygienic is important, it’s only half the battle. Experts have found that a nutritious diet can have a major impact on oral health. Along with avoiding sugary drinks and foods, you also need to focus on getting enough fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. Most people in the United States are somewhat malnourished from eating too many processed foods that are void of nutrients. If you want to improve your dental health, you’ll need to move away from the standard American diet and begin focusing on nutrition over quantity or taste. 

A few dietary tips to improve oral health include:

  • Ensuring that you get enough vitamin C, which contributes to gum health.
  • Getting plenty of vitamin D, which is important for the health of your teeth and bones.
  • Eating large amounts of leafy greens and colorful vegetables.
  • Making mineral-rich foods, like bone broth, which deliver a large amount of nutrition at once.
  • Ingesting plenty of healthy fats, such as avocado, fish oil, almonds and flaxseeds.
  1. Treat Your Gums

Oil pulling is a practice that originated in Ayurvedic medicine. It involves using your muscles to move a spoonful of oil around your mouth much like the way you would use mouthwash. The oil starts out thick but gradually thins as it mixes with the saliva in your mouth. After swishing for 10 to 20 minutes, you’ll spit out the oil and deep clean your mouth, following with a warm salt water rinse. This process can benefit your teeth and possibly your overall health. 

If you’re wondering whether this is pseudoscience, you’ll be happy to know that many of the claims about oil pulling are backed up by studies. In 2008, a study featuring 20 boys found that oil pulling with sesame oil reduced the amount of bad bacteria in the mouth in as little as two weeks. Another study found that oil pulling was as effective at reducing teen gingivitis as chlorhexidine mouthwash. It has also been found to reduce bad breath. 

  1. Get Regular Dental Visits

Even if you take excellent care of your teeth, it’s helpful to get regular dental visits to help track your progress. Your dentist will be able to clean plaque and tartar buildup from hard-to-reach areas and let you know if your efforts are paying off. You’ll also be able to handle minor dental issues, such as nighttime tooth grinding, before they cause major problems. 

If you’re ready to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup, please use our site to find one near you.

 

If youre in the market for a new toothbrush, this resource by Reviews.com can be a great place to start your search. They reviewed data from the American Dental Association, talked to professionals, tested top models on the market, and compiled the information into a helpful guide. Key takeaways are to considering looking for: a two minute timer, a comfortable grip, a long lasting battery, a small toothbrush head, multiple head compatibility, and a warranty. Always consider your needs first, and remember that a good toothbrush is one you will actually use!

This article, and the products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please see your health care provider before taking any supplements or starting a new program.


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