Written By Kara Masterson / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Keeping your teeth in good shape is a decision that will benefit you for a lifetime. To ensure good dental health, though, there are several steps you should consider taking. Here are four ways you can protect your teeth and keep them in good shape for years to come.
Brush and Floss Twice a Day, Every Day
The first and most critical step to protecting your teeth is to develop good oral hygiene habits. Begin brushing and flossing once in the morning and once in the evening every day. Keeping your teeth clean with this routine will help to ensure that harmful bacteria don't get a foothold and begin damaging your teeth. You can also include mouthwash or a saltwater rinse for additional protection.
Reduce Sugars and Carbs in Your Diet
Lowering the percentage of carbohydrates in your diet is a good way to support overall oral and physical health. Trade out breads and pastas for healthy fruits and vegetables to keep your mouth healthy. You should be especially careful about processed sugars since these can have disastrous consequences for your teeth.
Visit Your Dentist for Regular Cleanings
Investing in preventative dental care is one of the best ways to ensure that your teeth remain healthy and free of cavities. Having them cleaned twice a year and getting checkups with your dentist will support your overall cleaning regimen and let you catch any problems early. Find a dentist in your area that you like and make regular appointments, since he or she will be able to track changes in your oral health between visits effectively.
Be Sure to Get Plenty of Vitamins and Minerals
In addition to cutting back on carbs, you can support strong oral health by making sure your body gets the vitamins and minerals it needs to maintain healthy teeth. Vitamins A, D, and K are important for keeping your teeth strong, and calcium supplies the raw building materials used to make your teeth. Getting plenty of these nutrients in your diet will help you keep your teeth healthy and your bones strong as you age.
Taking these simple steps will ensure that you suffer from minimal cavities and plaque. The more of these steps you take, the more improvement you'll be able to see in your oral health. Even if you're currently experiencing tooth decay, using these tips can help you prevent future damage once you have your current problems resolved by a dentist.
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Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.