- Oral Health
What is your Smile Saying About you? Teeth Health: What to Avoid and Try
We love food but it seems the more we grow and the more we learn, we begin to avoid anything that is healthy for us. We consume fat and sugar filled food day by day, ignoring all their side effects and negative impacts they have on our body. We do eventually have to face these consequences and only wonder what it was that we did wrong.
One of the most affected by our decisions and way of life are our teeth. Being the ones in charge of chewing down on what we consume and dealing with whatever excesses they may bring, it is no wonder many of us do not get to see our teeth live until the very end along with us. At some given point, we just have to replace, fix or whiten them since they simply cannot withstand all the torment they go through throughout their existence.
There are many things we could do and practice to improve the general well being of our teeth, allowing for a better future with them. There are also many meals and habits that we should avoid. Our teeth are what we need to chew and somewhat speak so their uttermost care should be a priority. Despite this, the way we treat these essential workers that make everything easy for us is quite unnerving. If something cannot be opened without fingers, we use them. We crush things with them, fix things with them and just get new ones whenever they stop working.
Many of us think that with flossing and brushing we are well on our way to having healthy teeth that will last a very long time and in a sense we are not wrong. The thing is that this should not be the only care provided to them. The foods we eat are the worst offenders. Frozen, hard to bite on and filled with sugar, our teeth are just not used to or made for chewing on many of the things that we chew.
A special example is the chocolate bars. Big or small, we love to eat them cold and compact unless it's a dip. This means that we will bite on them until we get whatever piece it is we want and continue going as long as there is still some left. We may be addicted to the sugar but our white pearls are not exactly grateful of it.
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You Should Consider This:
Here are some other tips you should consider adding to your health schedule for your teeth:
- Protect them from harm: More times than we are willing to admit we will take part on dangerous activities or sports without proper mouth guards or helmets. Yes, even the helmets aid in the protection of our teeth when it comes to these activities. Safety is of major importance when it comes to our head, and most especially, our mouth and eyes. The practice of any sports without the use of the protective gear could produce fatal damage to the gums or teeth and make construction or healing very difficult. That is why it is essential to never ignore it.
- Never give up on your teeth: They go through just about everything with you so why are you so quick to replace them? Aches, cavities and bad coloring will almost always make you want to fix or completely replace them. This means getting new crowns and what not and using different methods of whitening. However, these choices are not always the best since they are not normal or natural. Actions to improve the health and appearance of your teeth can be taken before hand. Some great things to do are brushing with fluoride toothpaste and baking soda for strengthening and whitening, consume calcium in larger amounts and floss regularly.
- Stay Away from sugar filled foods: This one is near impossible but it is well worth a shot. Because many of us have hectic schedules with little time to prepare and cook healthy meals, most of us eat on the go and become quite attached to the fats and sugars we receive through those types of meals. They are not great for our teeth though since they can produce cavities and decay at an alarming rate, especially with all the sodas we consume day by day. Dark foods can also be avoided for a short amount of time since they do stain your teeth rapidly. Brushing with baking soda usually solves this problem. Some other foods you could ignore for a while are sticky, citrus filled and crunchy ones. Perhaps try to stop chewing on ice as well and maybe lower your coffee intake.
- Brush your tongue and the insides of your cheeks: These also contain bacteria and need to be cleansed thoroughly. The teeth may the ones holding the importance in the mouth but if you do not clean everything properly, bacteria will propagate easier and create havoc you are not aware of. It is always great to brush the tongue first, slowly if you do not have a toothbrush with a special section for it. Gums should also be included in this treatment, being close to your teeth and all, they deserve some attention and care.
If you want to assure the health of your teeth and their longevity, try to increase the sources of tea, fruits, calcium and vegetables since they all have specific attributes that are required for those things to happen. After that, just try to stay away from harmful objects.
It is never wrong to read the labels on what you consume and research what those things are. If anything you will only be far more educated than before and will be fully prepared to avoid objects that could be dangereous to you or your teeth, even more so if they are fragile or sensitive. Bottom line, teeth are there for us at all times so let's be there for them and provide some more care and attention than before.
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