Natural ways to strengthen your teeth

Natural ways to strengthen your teeth

There are loads of well-known at-home remedies to strengthen teeth!

Did you know that healthy, strong teeth and gums are a reflection of how healthy your body is? 

Good oral hygiene and daily flossing keep your teeth healthy, but so does proper nutrition and diet.

It’s a two-way street. Keep your body healthy to protect your teeth, and keep your teeth healthy to stave off nasty infections and diseases. 

According to researchers, there’s a definite synergic relationship between oral health and a person’s overall wellness. Gum disease is linked to so many lifestyle diseases including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Below are a few ways to keep your mouth, teeth and body in tip-top shape.

Oil pulling

High-quality edible oil swished in your mouth for 20 minutes is called oil pulling. The process cleans your teeth and removes plaque. Oil pulling removes mouth bacteria and stops it from sticking onto your teeth again. Leftover bacteria produce acid that erodes surface enamel. It exposes a weak layer of dentin. 

Stop snacking

Carbohydrate snacks provide bacteria in your mouth, mainly if the snacks are consistently supplied. The well-fed bacteria will weaken your tooth enamel. Your digestive systems need breaks to rejuvenate. Rather have carb-free snacks or rinse your mouth with water after eating. The water dilutes sugar and buffers acids with saliva. 

Teeth need to receive more minerals than they lose. The process is known as remineralisation. Eating a diet rich in minerals keeps your teeth strong. Mineral-rich foods include organic bone broth, eggs, grass-fed meats or poultry, dark leafy greens, mushrooms, cheese and Himalayan salt. 

Eliminate refined sugar and grains from your diet.

Gold Coast Holistic Dental Care says that sugar is the leading source of bacteria that produces harmful acid to your teeth. Sugar contributes to many health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 

Grains, nuts and seeds contain phytic acid. This acid reduces the absorption of zinc, iron and calcium. Eat fermented grains.

Clean your tongue

When you brush your tongue, brush your tongue too. This oral hygiene routine reduces bacteria. Your breath will smell fresher, and your teeth will have an overall clean feeling. 

Improve your gut health

Negative gut health hinders the absorption of minerals and nutrients. If your food is not absorbed properly, the remineralisation of your teeth can not take place. Stress, certain medication, amalgam fillings, alcohol, parasites and processed food negatively affect your absorption. Healthy fats with each meal increases absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K.

Hydrate!

Water flushes away food debris and bacteria on your teeth and gums. Drinking water dilutes harmful acid caused by the bacteria in your mouth. A dry mouth puts your teeth at risk of attracting decay. Drinking water encourages saliva production keeps your teeth strong with beneficial minerals. 

Use fluoride-free toothpaste

Fluoride is a harmful chemical that causes fluorosis and has adverse side effects. Toothpaste with whitening agents can be harsh on your teeth. Speak to your dentist about tooth-friendly whitening treatments. 

Chew sugar-free gum

Sugar-free gum is a catalyst for producing saliva. It is also filled with teeth strengthening minerals. Dry mouth will be a thing of the past if you chew sugar-free gum as it increases saliva and leaves you with healthy teeth. 

Sugar-free gum is good for after meals or snacks, especially when you cannot brush your teeth. The gum acts as a substitute, and salivary flow dilutes acid to remove food debris and bacteria from your teeth and gums. 

Teeth grinding, clenching and a proper brushing technique

Teeth grinding is a subconscious action where your teeth clench or ground together. The process happens when you are awake or sleeping. Your teeth are worn down, and the tooth enamel is fractured. Consult a dentist if you have consistent jaw ache, facial pain or worn-down teeth. A dentist can assist you with stopping this bad habit. 

Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing strengthens your teeth. The toothbrush removes built-up plaque and bacteria. Replace your toothbrush once it becomes worn out. 

Visit your dentist regularly

Your dentist needs a visit every six months. Regular visits keep your teeth strong and healthy. The dentist can identify problem areas and developing the disease, if any. Tar substances can be removed from your teeth. Using a toothbrush can’t remove the substances alone. 

Make the right choice

Lasting changes to your diet or dental routine is difficult. Your first day of change is the most challenging. However, the longer you maintain your routine, the easier it becomes and the stronger your teeth will become. Pat yourself on the back for taking your first step to change by just reading up on how to strengthen your teeth and their benefits. 

Affinity Dental

We don’t underestimate the benefit of self-checks and natural medications, but always try to get advice from a medical or dental professional before trying any home remedies. 

Absolutely NEVER attempt to do any of your dental work or dental surgeries at home. Your dentist is a trained professional that takes years of intense study. 

Affinity Dental has different levels of dental insurance cover, depending on your individual needs and budget. Each tier of options covers specific specialist dental work. You decide what you need.

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