Take a look at your teeth. How strong do they look? Are you worried about having them crack? It’s important to ensure that they are in the best shape possible – especially if you are an adult. You only get one set of your adult teeth, after all. Once those are gone, you are looking at needing dentures or dental implants.
Not having strong teeth can lead to needing emergency surgery. The good thing, though? You don’t need to spend an exorbitant amount of money on food or other things. Oftentimes you can just use the things that you find in your own home that you are already using or that require a small upgrade.
Calcium, Calcium, Calcium
Normally people think of taking calcium to improve their bone strength and to ward off the effects of possible osteoporosis. While your teeth are not bones themselves, they do share the need for calcium. Having the daily recommended amount of calcium each day can help strengthen the enamel of your teeth. You need roughly 2,000 milligrams of it each day.
Although calcium is great, there’s something else needed to give it the boost it needs to strengthen your teeth – phosphorus. Eat foods like cheese and yogurt, brown rice, cabbage, broccoli, and salmon for calcium. Look for almonds, wheat germ, poultry, fish, and eggs, just to name a few things. You likely won’t have to radically change your grocery list.
Use The Correct Toothpaste
While normal toothpastes can do a great job of keeping your teeth healthy, there are toothpastes out there that can fortify the enamel of your teeth. Your dentist may recommend that you use this if they notice that the outer shell is getting a bit weaker. They are only a little more expensive than the regular toothpastes that are for sale. You brush your teeth like you normally do and over the course of a few weeks, your enamel gets thicker, which can ward off decay.
Yes, there are so many tasty things out there to drink. Who doesn’t like a glass of orange juice with breakfast? While it can be delicious while it’s going down your throat, it’s doing something else to your teeth. There are two things going on here – the sugar in the orange juice is attacking the enamel… and so is the citric acid. That can wind up leading to decay and cavities.
That’s why water, which is universally touted, is a much better choice. There are so many benefits to drinking the most abundant liquid on this planet – it’s great for your skin and it keeps you from getting dehydrated. Do you have food particles in your mouth? The water can help wash them off your teeth. It can also get rid of the sugar and citric acid if you did wind up drinking the orange juice.
Other things you can do include keeping an eye on what you put in your mouth. There are a lot of foods out there that can stain your teeth. The same goes for what you drink. Coffee, wine, and certain sodas can be the culprits there. If you just find them too alluring to completely cut them out of your diet, then it’s worth it to invest in good whitening toothpaste.
Another important thing to do is to take care of the rest of your mouth. That means taking out the dental floss and doing that once a day. Having healthy gums can help lead to healthier teeth. Flossing does not take a long time and it’s easy to do – your dentist can show you the proper technique.
If you think about it, it’s not a really time consuming thing to be able to strengthen your teeth. A little extra time and attention to detail can reap really good benefits for you. On the other hand, not doing this can lead to regrets – possible expensive ones – down the road. Be smart and get those teeth in the shape they should be in.
Dr. Robert M. Trager of JFK-LGA Dental can help you get the strongest teeth possible. He’s seen many patients over the course of his career and has taught them the proper technique. Give him a call at 718-656-4747 to make an appointment.