Dentists, nutritionists, and physicians have linked the health of teeth to the health of the body . This is why protecting your entire mouth and strengthening your teeth are more than necessary. By remineralizing them, we allow them to improve the process of absorption of minerals such as calcium and phosphate. How to get there ?
Using a straw
If you like to consume acidic drinks like water with lemon, orange juice, or soda, consider using a straw to protect your teeth.
Choose the right foods
Sugar is bad for your teeth, no longer a surprise, but new studies cited by Mind Body Green highlight the benefits of a balanced diet. Daily consumption of dairy products rich in calcium, protein, fruits, vegetables and nuts helps to balance sugar levels and maintain good oral health.
Brushing your teeth … from an early age
The goal of brushing is to remove dental plaque made up of food residues, saliva and bacteria that secrete acids that attack the enamel and toxins that weaken the gums.
Any tooth can decay even those of toddlers.
- From 1 year old, you must brush your teeth with a suitable toothpaste-free brush, once a day, at bedtime.
- At 2 years old , brushing twice a day, in the morning and in the evening for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste adapted to the age of the child (<500 ppm or 500 mg of fluoride / 100 g of toothpaste), are now required.
- At 6 years old , children can brush their teeth with a soft toothbrush appropriate for their age and adult toothpaste.
- In adulthood, you should also use a soft toothbrush , which is more effective in interdental spaces.
To remove residue that lodges in areas where the toothbrush cannot access, the use of brushes , for larger spaces, and dental floss , for tight spaces, is recommended.
- From the age of 5 , the use of an electric toothbrush is recommended because it is more effective than manual brushing.
How do you brush your teeth well ?
Until the age of 6, an adult must accompany the brushing of the child.
Brushing should last 2 minutes, no less . In France, brushing lasts on average 57 seconds, which is too little.
How do you brush your teeth well
Snacking is therefore to be banned. Beware of sugars hidden in industrial food. Chips, appetizer cakes, even light sodas, fruit juices, sauces, etc. can contain a lot of sugars which consumed between meals promote acid secretions which demineralize and attack tooth enamel. Not to mention the sweets, cakes that must be eaten in moderation. Foods that are too acidic should also be avoided (citrus fruits but especially sodas).
Every minute saved in the morning is precious, so we are tempted to brush our teeth in the shower or clear the breakfast table at the same time. Bad idea, indicates the American site Health .
To make sure you don’t injure yourself and damage tooth enamel, it’s important to stay in front of a mirror while brushing. This will prevent you from brushing your teeth too hard, which can damage your gums.
Too much cleaning of the toothbrush
If the idea of passing the toothbrush in the dishwasher to properly disinfect it has already crossed your mind, know that it is better to avoid, at the risk of damaging it by trying to wash it too much. Although we often compare the toothbrush to a nest of bacteria, no one has ever gotten sick from it. Rinse it off with water and let it air dry, that’s enough.
Brush your teeth after orange juice
Do you like to start the day with a squeezed orange juice? Avoid brushing your teeth right after. The acidity of the fruit weakens tooth enamel and you risk increasing erosion. To neutralize this acidity, drink a glass of water or milk after juice, or just wait about 30 minutes.