We all desire white, strong teeth that will not fail us not even when old ages come on knocking. It is the staple of a healthy and conscious individual. In that regard, here are 7 tips to get stronger teeth.
1 Brush and Floss
Let us get the basics out of the way. The best way to keep your teeth healthy and strong is still properly brushing and flossing your teeth after each meal. This practice is essential and making it your habit, your religion, an extension of your being is the best way to keep cavities and gum disease at bay.
2 Choose the right Toothpaste
While all toothpaste available for purchase to a good job at protecting your teeth, and getting rid of bacteria; they do not yield the same results. Toothpastes that contain fluoride ions, dissolved calcium, sodium chloride and phosphate have shown to be the most effective at protecting teeth enamel. They also have the bonus of improving teeth re-mineralization.
3 Get rid of bad habits!
Teeth Grinding or bruxism. Many of us tend to grind their when feeling frustrated, angry or anxious. In fact, about 31% of people world-wide grind their teeth during sleep. Grinding your teeth will lead, in time, to enamel damage, tooth sensitivity and even damage to the jaw line. While there is no conscious way for us to prevent sleep, teeth grinding, we can still control it if it appears during wake hours.
Stop biting your nails. Nail biting is a very common practice, often a sign of anxiety, stress and fear; it quickly develops into a habit. An extremely unhealthy habit. Regularly biting into nails can damage your teeth, essentially chipping the enamel layer and allowing bacteria that reside under your nails to sneak into teeth crevices.
Your teeth are not a tool, stop using them as such. All of us have used our teeth at one point or another to open something. Whether it was unscrewing bottles, tearing open packages, cracking nut shells; if the hands are not enough – next we try with teeth! Well, this habit is extremely detrimental to the health of your teeth. It can lead to chipped teeth, damaged gums and well must we really mention the number of bacteria we’re putting in our mouth?
4 Drink water in abundance
Keeping hydrated is important for the health of your entire body, including your teeth. Saliva is what keeps the bacteria in our mouth in check. In order for the body to produce copious amounts of saliva, water is needed. You should never get the feeling of a dry or sticky mouth during the day. Drinking water after a meal also helps wash away bacteria and food that might be left in the mouth. By rinsing your mouth with water after every meal will also help neutralize acidity that can erode your enamel.
5 Consume Foods that Strengthen your Teeth
Eating certain foods can protect your teeth and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to strengthen weak enamel.
Dairy products. Dairy products such as yogurt, milk, cheese and kefir contain healthy servings of phosphorous and calcium that help your body re-mineralize tooth enamel. They also fight acidity and promote saliva secretion, thus fighting aggression of harmful mouth bacteria.
Foods high in fiber. Abrasive foods like Celery protect your enamel by cleaning the surface of your teeth. By chewing on foods that are high in fiber help remove tartar from the surface of your teeth and stimulate the secretion of saliva.
6 Chew gum!
This might come as a surprise, however, Xylitol gum is extremely healthy for your teeth. Xylitol is a form of sugar alcohol that tricks bacteria into believing that they can consume it. Yet, bacteria cannot break it down, leaving them to starve to death if it’s the only type of sugar around. Studies have shown that xylitol gum can successfully reduce tooth decay and gum disease. Chewing on gum also increases saliva production, thus further reducing the amount of bacteria present in your mouth.
7 Fighting Bacteria the natural way
Mouth bacteria is the source of all of our problems when it comes to cavities and the general health of our teeth. There are natural ways to fight them and keep your gums and teeth healthy.
Chew on Neem leaves. Chewing on baby neem leaves is an extremely healthy way to rid yourself of any gum problems. Neem leaves have immense anti-bacterial properties and can even fight bacteria residing in your stomach. Stimulate saliva, kill of bacteria – protect your teeth. Perfect recipe.
Ginger is your friend. This spice has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and is extremely healthy for the entire body, including your teeth. Chewing on raw ginger or rinsing your mouth with some ginger tea can quickly calm inflamed gums and wash away excess bacteria.
Onions. Yes, onions. While you might be put off by the prospect of bad breath; onions simply destroy bacteria. Don’t worry about the unpleasant smell that comes with it. Brush your teeth after and maybe chew on some mint leaves and you’re good to go.
Last update 25th of October 2018