How to keep your teeth into your old age
To make sure that your teeth stay firmly in your mouth, well into your retirement and beyond, there are three main areas to consider:
What’s Going on in the Inside?
We all know that sugary foods lead to tooth decay, and that includes natural sugars from fruits. Although honey is oft included in this group, if you eat raw honey - honey that has not been heat treated to remove it from the hive - it doesn’t have the same effect. If your sensitive teeth shudder when you eat overly sweet things, you will be happy to find that with raw honey this doesn’t happen!
We tend to view our teeth in the abstract, rather than as an integral part of our body like our fingers and toes. Yet the same principles for keeping our body in optimum health, apply in creating strong teeth and healthy gums. Alongside the reduction or elimination of sugary foods you need to consider removing acid forming foods from your diet, such as meat and grains.
The importance of this was illustrated early in the 20th century by dentist Dr.Weston Price. He discovered that groups of people in remote villages including Australia, Polynesia, Africa and South America who consumed their native hunter gatherer diets had perfectly formed teeth, and little if any decay throughout their lives. However, when they began to eat standard modern food, their teeth deteriorated rapidly.
Yet it is not simply a matter of cutting out or down, on the foods that have a negative impact on our teeth, but also of introducing ones that positively aid the development and re - mineralization of our teeth. Whole foods, such as raw vegetables and fruits and whole grain cereals and breads, that have undergone little or no processing offer a wealth of vitamins and nutrients that heavily processed foods simply can’t compete with. Natural plant foods such as wheatgrass, barleygrass, and the blue green micro algaes - AKA spirulina and chlorella - are all hugely cleansing, and can be taken as powders in a smoothie or juice.
What’s Going on on the Outside
Fastidious oral hygiene is extremely important if you want to keep your teeth strong and healthy throughout your entire life. The first step to doing this is something that we all know well – brushing. It is important to follow a regular brushing routine in order to ensure you are removing all of the bacteria that can hurt your teeth.
Your routine should include twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth properly so that you can reach each all the surface areas of your teeth. Brushing your teeth at night is the most important brushing time. As you sleep, bacteria have plenty of time to sit on your teeth and cause damage. Brushing at night will help to keep your mouth clean while you’re catching a good nights sleep.
It is also a good idea to floss regularly to keep your teeth healthy. Food debris and bacteria can easily hide in the tight spaces and tiny gaps between your teeth. Flossing is the best way to remove these hidden problems as WebMD explains, “Flossing does about 40% of the work required to remove sticky bacteria, or plaque, from your teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease.” Flossing is a critical component of keeping your teeth healthy.
Keeping your teeth white and stain free will make you look and feel younger as well, as a lovely white smiles exudes youth and good health. An at home teeth whitening system is a great way to keep those pearly whites looking their very best.
Choose your Dentist Wisely
This is a hugely important part of keeping your teeth into old age! Finding a dentist that understands your teeth and can help you to maintain a healthy mouth is crucial. They are the person that you will be going to if you notice any issues or changes, so you need to really trust them. Dentists can also recommend helpful preventative measures if they notice that your teeth are not as healthy as they should be or if they see any potential problems.
If you aren’t sure where to start when looking for a dentist, then ask around! Almost everyone goes to a dentist, and they are likely to have good perspective. Build on this word of mouth advice by doing some online research. Check the dentist’s credentials and if they are covered by your current insurance provider.
Another important factor to think about is how accessible the dentist clinic is to your home or work. The easier the dentists office is to get to, and the more flexible they are when it comes to scheduling in appointments the more likely you will attend regularly. Having a regular dentist who knows you and your teeth well will ensure your oral health is well taken of well into your golden years.