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Oral Hygiene Taboos, How To Extend The Life Of Your Teeth

Oral health and regular visits to the dentists office is typically one of the most ignored characteristics among all ages. Advertisements besiege us with the obvious phrases such as plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease and even those ominous descriptions often do nothing to boost enthusiasm to visit the dentist. Even worse is the effects on children who depend on adult intervention to prevent dental damage.

Decay or gum disease takes time to build up, and whenever you have teeth, plaque, and food involved, there is a risk. Oral disease can have serious negative consequences, not only on the health of an individual, but also on well-being both socially and economically.

Attack of the Acids in Your Food

acidic foodsMany people consume daily soft drinks, fruit juices and highly acidic foods but you’re probably unaware of how much harm these beverages can cause. The acid in foods and drinks can wear away tooth enamel, causing discoloration and sensitivity. In many cases, what you eat or drink is not as important as the frequency with which you consume. Dr. Dan Casel and the doctors of Premier Dentistry will want to help you keep your smile healthy and long-lasting, and will have ideas about smarter snacks to help promote your oral health.

6 Ways to Extend the Life of your Teeth

    • Minimize or stop the intake of carbonated beverages. Instead, drink water, milk or tea, but avoid sugar and honey.
    • If you must consume acidic drinks, use a straw to direct the fluid to pass through the throat. Do not swish or leave beverages in the mouth for extended periods.
    • After ingesting highly acidic foods or drinks, rinse your mouth with water to neutralize acids. Better yet, brush and floss your teeth.
    • Chew sugarless gum to generate more saliva, and thus help to remove acid and re-mineralize your teeth.
    • Instead of eating acidic foods throughout the day, eat them only during regular meal times to reduce the amount of time the acid is in contact with your teeth.

On-going research indicates that antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts can strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation, which can protect the teeth and gums.

For example:

• Calcium-enriched juice, milk and various dairy products help promote healthy teeth and bones, reducing the risk of tooth loss.

• Antioxidant vitamins like “C” and “A” from fruits and vegetables provide protection to the gums and other tissues against cell damage and bacterial infections

• Research indicates that whole cranberries can prevent the binding of oral bacteria before they form plaque

Strong teeth and healthy gums mean paying more attention to what is healthy and more attention to what is appropriate.

In addition, regular dental cleaning appointments at Premier Dentistry of Jupiter should be at the top of your list. Call today for your appointment at (561) 747-7111