Dentists Reveal 10 Simple Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay, and We’re Thankful for It
We only get 2 sets of teeth, so we have to take good care of them if we don’t want to lose them. Dentists have revealed many simple ways that can greatly improve your teeth, even preventing tooth decay. Something as simple as changing your diet can make a world of difference.
Bright Side has collected tips that can save your pearly whites from tooth decay! Please, don’t miss our amazing bonus at the end of the article that can even teach you to reverse cavities!
1. Try oil drawing.
Oil drawing, or oil pulling, is a cleansing technique that prevents the development of cavities or caries by drawing out bacteria. Pick an oil that has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, like sesame oil or coconut oil, and use it as a mouthwash for up to 20 minutes. After doing this, rinse your mouth out with water.
2. Don’t overdo it on the sugar.
Let’s rip the bandage off. Too much sugar can ruin your teeth. This isn’t just the sugar you find in cakes or candy; this even includes the sugar found in bread, beans, fruit ,and potatoes. Because of this, try to avoid overdoing it on overtly sugary food. If you regularly indulge in soda or gum, try their sugar-free alternatives to help wean you off of sugar.
3. Brush your teeth twice daily.
You might want to brush your teeth early the morning as part of your morning routine, but that might not be enough. Brushing teeth at night is also important, as it removes plaque build-up and bacteria that cause tooth decay and periodontal disease. On a related note, don’t forget to brush your teeth in the morning too.
4. Brush your tongue.
Your teeth and gums are not the only things that can harbor bacteria, your tongue can too. It is important to brush your tongue and you could even invest in a good tongue scraper.
5. Pay attention to the little details.
When it comes to oral health, sweat the small stuff. If your gums are looking a little red, if your saliva is a little red, or if you have even slight pain in your mouth, call your dentist. These are all ways our bodies tell us that something is going wrong.
6. Try drinking green or black tea.
Green and black tea can actually help your teeth. The Cameilla sinensis plant found in tea has been noted to help protect your teeth against cavities. This trick is said to help even after eating sweets.
7. Don’t overbrush.
Too much of anything is never a good thing. This even includes brushing your teeth. Brushing to much, even more than twice a day, can wear down your enamel. And brushing too hard can cause similar problems. One tip is too brush your teeth like you would an eggshell. Too much force could cause a crack!
8. Eat foods that help dental health.
There are foods that prevent cavities. Most dairy products, including cheese, have been found to decrease plaque and even reharden enamel. Apples, even though they’re acidic and filled with sugar, do have one thing in their corner: they increase saliva production, which reduces bacteria levels.
9. Remember to floss.
Brushing your teeth is not enough. Bacteria and small bits of food can cause cavities. Regular flossing prevents these little things from doing real damage. This prevents tartar buildup, gum disease, bad breath, and is more effective than brushing alone.
10. Visit your dentist twice a year.
Your dentist is an expert on how to help your teeth and can notice that something is wrong before it’s too late. In addition to that, as dentists regularly clean teeth, they are already preventing more serious problems from arising. Dentists should be visited twice a year to maintain proper oral health.
Bonus: Treat early cavities by changing your diet (and adding licorice root extract).
In this video, a woman managed to heal cavities that she noticed in their early stages by changing her diet and doing coconut oil pulling. She cut down on sugar and gluten and foods with phytic acids and she also used a toothpaste made from peppermint oil, magnesium oil, and baking soda. Before going to bed, she would also treat her teeth directly with licorice root extract.
A few simple tips can save you a lot of pain at the dentist. Do you have any secret tips that help your smile? Let us know in the comments!
Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me