June 28, 2017
One of the biggest mysteries of our time still stands: how can our teeth withstand such substantial amounts of pressure over so many years? After all, the strength of your tooth enamel can be compared to that of glass. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that our teeth actually have an extremely sophisticated structure that keeps them in one piece. This structure consists of a cathedral-like geometric pattern, the ability to develop micro-cracks that help diffuse stress, and the ability to heal micro-cracks over time. All we must consciously do is maintain exceptional dental hygiene and feed our bodies the right substances to stay strong. Follow these 5 tips from your Pomona dentist to keep your smile durable over the years.
1. Keep up your dental routine at home.
Brushing is one of the easiest things you can do to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Make sure to brush the gum line, both the outside and inner tooth surface, and your tongue to remove harboring dental bacteria and debris. We recommend that you brush at least twice a day alongside flossing.
Flossing may not come as easily to some patients. However, flossing allows you to reach between your teeth. There are small crevices your toothbrush cannot reach to remove food and plaque that may have otherwise been stuck there even after brushing.
2. Use Mouthwash After Brushing and Flossing.
Not all mouthwashes are useful, but mouthwashes containing Listerine or chloride dioxide are very helpful. They help to minimize—ideally wipeout—the harmful bacteria left in your mouth after brushing. You also get that refreshing, minty feeling because mouthwash helps to freshen your breath. Although it cannot carry the whole weight of your dental routine, it can be the icing on the cake of your hygiene practices at home.
3. Eat and Drink Healthier.
Just as any other part of your body, your smile needs the proper vitamins and nutrients to function correctly. Foods that are rich in calcium and phosphorous help to keep your tooth enamel tough against pressures and wear and tear. Firm, crunchy foods high in water are great for your teeth because chewing produces saliva, which is a natural neutralizer for bacteria that causes cavities. Here are some nutrients that can benefit your smile and the foods you should add to your grocery list:
- Calcium—almonds, yogurt, cheese, seafood, milk (low-fat), and tofu.
- Phosphorous—pumpkin seeds, fish, nuts, eggs, tofu, and broth.
- Firm, water enriched foods—celery, apples, cucumbers, and carrots.
- Vitamin D—cod liver oil, egg yolks, and fish.
- Vitamin C—bell peppers, oranges, kiwi, strawberries, broccoli, and kale.
- Antioxidants—berries, grapes, cherries, eggplant, tea (green), and cocoa.
4. Monitor Your Indulgences.
It’s important to monitor how much staining liquids (wine, black tea, coffee) you’re consuming. It’s also critical to limit your alcohol and tobacco use. Trust us, this will be a huge favor to the lifeline of your teeth. By monitoring your intake of toxins to your body, you could be saving yourself from oral cancer and gum health issues. It’s no question that our dentists can check your mouth for signs of these debilitating dental issues, but we hope that all our patients are doing their part to keep themselves healthy.
5. Visit Cosmetic Dentistry Associates for
In addition to visiting our Pomona office every 6 months, we strongly encourage you to practice great dental care at home. Call today to schedule your checkup and cleaning! We will be able to examine your mouth, keep your dental records up to date, and address any issues you may be experiencing.
Still have questions? Contact our office!
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