Once we lose our baby teeth, our adult teeth grow in. And once those adult teeth are in, those are the ones we are stuck with. So, we need to be vigilant and diligent. Maintaining our teeth is something we need to stay on top of each and every day. Having healthy teeth is more than just visiting the dentist twice a year. However, do not be overwhelmed; there are some really easy steps for you to follow. If you follow some of these steps, you can put yourself in a spot to enjoy a healthy smile for many years to come. If you have any questions about any of these tips or something more specific for your needs, come and pay a visit to Dr. Liberman of Great Neck Dental Care.
In terms of keeping your teeth as healthy as possible for as long as possible, perhaps the most important tip anyone could offer you is to practice good dental hygiene consistently. Twice everyday, you should brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash. The reason to brush, floss, and rinse so frequently is that you need to keep plaque and bacteria from building up in between and on top of your teeth. When you eat food and some remains in your mouth, the food can turn into plaque and bacteria - which, left in your mouth, can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
Another key to maintaining healthy teeth is through putting the right foods into your mouth - and avoiding other foods. Processed foods, such as candy, are harmful to your teeth. Candy is bad for your teeth for two reasons. First, biting on the hard candy can be bad for your teeth; this is also why eating ice cubes is also bad for your teeth. The second reason candy can be bad for your teeth is that, if consumed frequently, the sugar can begin to coat your teeth. When this happens, the enamel can be worn down and increase your chance of a cavity. By avoiding processed foods and hard candies, you can greatly increase the longevity of your teeth.
Similar to our second tip, our third tip is also concerned with the foods that we eat. There are certain key vitamins for strong teeth. These vitamins are vitamin D, calcium, potassium, Vitamin C, A, and K. There are two different ways to get these vitamins: through multi vitamin supplements or through food. Most doctors believe that it is better to get these nutrients from food. By eating a well-balanced diet with vegetables, starches like sweet potatoes, fruits, and meat, you can easily get the correct intake of these key vitamins for strong teeth. All of these nutrients are essential in strengthening your teeth, your gums, and strengthening the overall resilience of your teeth. If you would like any tips that are more specific to your teeth’s needs, please visit Dr. Liberman and her team at Great Neck Dental Care.
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