3 Natural Ways to Boost Tooth Health at Home
Even if you brush, floss, and regularly go to the dentist, you may wonder if you should do more for your teeth.
You've probably heard that going on a no-sugar, low-carb diet would be great for your teeth. That's because putting sugar (or even carbs) in your mouth feeds the acid bacteria that grow on your teeth and generate acid all over them until they start to erode. And exercise is great too, but sometimes life just doesn't leave time for going on a new diet and fitting in more exercise.
So here are three natural ways to help your teeth out without worrying about diet and exercise. If you have any questions about these, please ask your dentist.
1. Switch to a Xylitol-Containing Gum
Note: You should only do this if you don't have a pet who might get into your gum. Xylitol can be highly toxic to pets, especially dogs.
If you don't have any pets (or you know your pet would never eat anything other than kibble), you might want to give xylitol gum a try. Any gum (as long as it doesn't have sugar) can be helpful for your teeth, because it helps to get saliva moving around in your mouth. So if you already chew gum after a meal, you get more than freshening benefits.
But xylitol has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. It can trick the acid-making bacteria into eating it, keeping them from eating actual sugars that would allow them to produce acid. Plus it helps neutralize any acidity from the sugars you last ate.
2. Add a Quick Step to Your Cleaning Regimen
The next option is that you could adopt one of several potentially beneficial additions to a basic oral hygiene routine. If you brush twice daily and floss at night, you could consider using a water flosser in the morning, which can only take a minute or two.
Or you can try this trick: after brushing with your fluoride paste, spit but don't rinse. This gives your teeth access to the fluoride for longer. And, if you don't already do it, a quick tongue cleaning each time you brush (whether you do it with a tongue cleaner or just with your toothbrush) is a must.
If you add these additional steps to your daily oral hygiene, your teeth can continue to stay strong between dental cleanings.
3. Optimize Your Supplements
Naturally sourced supplements can be a real boost to your teeth. And of course, good mineral supplements can ensure you have sufficient minerals present in your body that will keep your teeth healthy. But did you know that certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin D, also play a role?
If you choose a multivitamin/mineral supplement designed for bone health, the supplement may contain calcium, magnesium, and other necessary minerals as well as the vitamins your body needs to optimize assimilating these minerals into your teeth. Check with your doctor before you start taking the supplement to make sure it's right for your situation.
These three tips will help you improve tooth health naturally with steps that work together with your current cleaning schedule. Be sure to discuss any major changes in your cleaning regimen with your dentist, and run any supplements by your doctor before beginning to take them.
Airport Road Dental Associates is here to help prevent and treat any and all dental issues you may have and to help you take the best possible care of your teeth. Feel free to call today for an appointment if you're experiencing any problems or if your next cleaning is coming due soon.