7 Tips to Make Your Teeth White and Healthy
92% of adults ages 20 to 64 have had dental cavities in their permanent teeth. It may sound like something we can’t avoid. However, if we keep following the right professional tips, we can save our teeth or at least prolong their healthy life.
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1. Drink coffee and tea with milk.
Coffee can be a very acidic drink, especially when it’s consumed black. If you drink it every day, it can cause your teeth to become thinner. Moreover, black coffee will stain your teeth because it contains tannins.
As a solution, drink coffee with milk. The same applies to black tea.
2. Don’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking tea or coffee.
Experts say that it’s best not to mix toothpaste and coffee. It’s better to brush your teeth 30 minutes before drinking. In case you like to do it after, wait as least 1 hour and then do it. Coffee and tea break down tooth enamel because of their acidic composition.
It’s best to follow this rule not just after drinking, but after having a meal.
3. Drink water with fluoride after having a meal.
Saliva has an important role and keeps our teeth safe. Coffee and food reduce saliva production. Just drink more water after your meal — the best water contains fluoride. It stops cavities from forming and strengthens teeth.
4. Get temporary dental sealants.
Sealants are effective in preventing tooth decay exactly on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. These areas can become filled with food particles and can be difficult to remove with a toothbrush. In this case, sealants can save you. Please consult with your dentist if you need them.
5. Floss your teeth before brushing.
Regular flossing may also reduce bad breath and some diseases by removing plaque. Specialists recommend you to floss just before brushing, but not after. It will help your brush to reach blocked areas.
6. Floss your teeth the same way, every day.
Keep to a regular pattern for flossing. Start with your top teeth and work from the left to the right. After you finish the top teeth, repeat the same on the bottom from the left to the right.
7. Chew gum for up to 20 minutes.
It’s always better to chew a piece of gum right after eating, but it should be sugar-free. Chew it for up to 20 minutes to increase the flow of saliva and cancel out the acid after having a meal.
Which tips do you follow to keep your teeth healthy? How often do you brush your teeth after eating?
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