Tooth enamel may look as delicate as porcelain but it is as tough as a bulletproof vest. Despite the fact that it's the hardest substance in our body, enamel still falls prey to cavities and must be treated kindly.
Use an extra soft toothbrush if you have sensitive teeth. Using a brush that is too abrasive can wear off your enamel, making your teeth even more sensitive to cold and sweet.
Remember to brush twice a day, before breakfast and right after dinner. This will ensure there are no food deposits in your mouth that can cause cavities in your enamel.
After eating sugary or starchy foods, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth.
Fruit juices and soft drinks have sugars. To limit the time your teeth are exposed to the natural acids and sugars, sip these drinks through straws.
Tooth decay ruins your teeth’s protective enamel. Clean your teeth regularly or bacteria can cling to your teeth and form a sticky, colorless film called dental plaque, which leads to tooth decay and cavities.
AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DENTIST AWAY
You thought you had heard them all. But here's a variation to the oft-quoted maxim. "An apple a day keeps the dentist away." Yup! It's great tooth decay preventer! The apple is said to have a mouth cleansing property and, if chewed well, has the same effect of a toothbrush. Besides, it is also great of relieving headaches and blood pressure.
Prevent Bad Breath
A dry mouth smells awful. To overcome the smelly outbreaks, you have to reduce bacteria population in the mouth, especially on the back of the tongue, where at least 80% of breath odour is thought to originate. Here’s how:
• Keep drinking water regularly. • Saliva is the best breath freshener and bacteria flusher and it costs nothing. So keep eating the right kind of food after small intervals to produce saliva. • Munch on crispy vegetables like celery, carrots or citrus fruits as these foods stimulate saliva. • Stress may constrict the salivary glands, leaving you with the same dry mouth. You may use a clove, cardamom or non-sugary chewing gum to keep saliva flowing.
Mouth Friendly Foods
If snacking is an important part of your meal plan, opt for raw vegetables like carrots, celery and skimmed milk.
• These toothsome alternatives do not boost acid production the way sticky, sugary or starchy choices do. • Unlike many foods, these don't leave a mess when you are through chewing. Cheddar cheese has some cavity-fighting prowess. • Just a small amount of cheese may inhibit the acid flare-ups of cavity causing snacks.
Even Peanuts Help: peanuts contain a protective factor that helps fight the acid that peeks after a cavity-causing snack. Chewing peanuts will also boost the flow of saliva.