Healthy, white teeth not only look good, they also make you self-confident! It’s not difficult to keep them in good condition – if you take heart in a few important basic rules and avoid the most common mistakes. Almost 100 percent of all people suffer from caries at some point in time. The basic problem: sugar and starch in general are broken down in the mouth by bacteria, resulting in tooth-damaging acids. These ultimately lead to the development of tooth decay. The causes can almost always be traced back to a few factors. In this article you will find out what is important.
1.Brush your teeth
It should be taken for granted: Brush at least in the morning and evening, but not immediately after meals. The enamel is mainly attacked by acidic food, but only after about half an hour is it completely resistant again.
2.avoid sugar in between:
In coffee, tea and snacks! With every meal acids are formed in the mouth as a by-product of the decomposition of carbohydrates that already begins in the mouth. This is basically not bad, because saliva neutralizes the acids over time. This process can be accelerated by brushing your teeth or chewing gum, because chewing stimulates the flow of saliva.
But those who constantly provide sugar, be it in coffee, tea, sweets or other food, will override this natural protective function of the body. The result is a constantly increased acid level around the mouth, the develo
pment of caries is inevitable in the long run! Therefore: Give your teeth a rest. Food intake should be limited to regular meals. In the meantime, only sugar-free drinks are ideal: Unsweetened tea, water or chewing gum. No coffee with sugar, no cola, no iced tea and no juice.
3.Feeding Varied Food
A varied wholefood diet does not require an excessive amount of sugar. Fruit and vegetables, on the other hand, contain many fibres which naturally help to clean teeth mechanically while chewing. However, you should avoid foods with a high sugar content as often as possible.
Even without added sugar, the carbohydrate content of our food is almost always high enough. It is best to ban some foods from your diet: Sweetened drinks such as lemonade, iced tea, energy drinks and many fruit juices Cornflakes and their numerous related “breakfast cereals” Sweets, lollipops and sugar-containing chewing gums Chocolate cream as a spread (or you make your own with reduced sugar or even with xucker)
A total renunciation is of course not necessary, but a conscious handling of these foods. Chocolate, chocolate bars, jelly babies and other foods are also small sugar bombs that shouldn’t explode in your mouth all the time. For a resistant tooth enamel the body needs some minerals, above all calcium.
4.Eating Rich Minerals
The saliva provides the teeth with a well-dosed amount of it, as long as it is sufficiently present in the food. Important sources of calcium are milk products, green vegetables and mineral water. On the other hand, sausage, meat, chocolate and alcohol are so-called calcium robbers, and the body uses calcium to metabolise them.
here are many myths surrounding the question of whether additional fluorides are necessary and whether these compounds are harmful or beneficial. Ultimately, everyone should decide for themselves and inform themselves comprehensively and as neutrally and seriously as possible.
5.Replace sugar with xylitol (birch sugar)
If the coffee or tea needs to be sweetened in between, then replace the sugar with other sweeteners, preferably xylitol (also known as xucker or birch sugar). This type of sugar is not metabolized by bacteria in the mouth, which effectively prevents the formation of acids. According to numerous studies, regular intake of xylitol helps prevent and prevent tooth decay.
For this reason, xylitol can even be used to make toothpaste. Alternatively, you can use this recipe for homemade toothpaste powder made from xylitol, sodium bicarbonate, rose petals and healing clay.
6.Do not use a toothbrush that is too hard
If you often suffer from plaque because of a wrong diet, you tend to reflex: brush your teeth as long and as hard as possible! But this is a mistake, because a toothbrush that is too hard and too much pressure damages the enamel, especially the sensitive area around the gums and the necks of the teeth. Gum inflammation and gum recession (periodontosis) can be the result. Therefore, always use a soft toothbrush, which should be used regularly. If plaque only sticks for a few hours, a soft toothbrush can easily remove it. It also helps to massage the gums to promote blood circulation without damaging them. Although electric toothbrushes are useful helpers, they are often used incorrectly. Too hard bristles, too much pressure and too intensive and too long brushing of the same areas lead to the same problems as a too hard manual toothbrush. The right brushing technique also plays a role. Circular movements are preferable to scrubbing back and forth movements. Of course, the dentist can explain it more precisely.
7.If brushing is not possible:
Chewing gum On the way or in the office brushing teeth is not always possible. Dental hygiene chewing gums are not a substitute, but they at least help to quickly neutralize the acids in the mouth and thus support the maintenance of healthy teeth. Especially dental chewing gum is also available with xylitol.
8.Use a mouth rinse made of sodium bicarbonate and xylitol
In an earlier article we described in detail the self-made mouth rinse for caries prevention and fresh breath. This has an excellent effect, is very easy to produce and also much cheaper than standard rinses!
Even the best brush will not get into every crack. Therefore use dental floss at least once a day. For me, a special clamp for clamping the silk has proven to be particularly effective, as it is particularly easy to use, is gentle on the fingers and really reaches every interdental space: As an alternative to dental floss, there are also many people who swear by interdental brushes.
10.Remove tongue bacteria
After brushing, many tooth-damaging bacteria still remain on the tongue, which are among other things responsible for bad breath. The remedy is a tongue scraper: but it is also much easier. The same purpose is fulfilled by a normal tablespoon, the edge of which is scraped once from back to front over the tongue after puzzling the teeth. This is a bit cheaper than a tongue scraper.
11.Oil extraction for healthy teeth
Another way to naturally contribute to dental health and oral hygiene is the so-called oil extraction. A sip of vegetable oil (e.g. coconut oil, sesame oil or olive oil) is kept in the mouth for up to 20 minutes and pulled through the teeth. The oil binds bacteria and toxins that collect between the teeth and are otherwise difficult to remove.