Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Teeth

After a very complicated "visiting the dentist" process in Germany and still playing around with my medical insurer from the US I decided to write a post about happy teeth. Although one can not avoid visiting a dentist as teeth preserve themselves only after we actually die (funny huh?!) I decided to write some nice tips about TEETH HAPPYMAKING :-)
  • Brush your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner :-) This takes just a few minutes a day. Use a correct toothbrush, and brush and floss correctly.
  • Eat a balanced diet for good overall health, selecting a variety of foods from the five main food groups (bread, cereals, and other grain products; fruits; vegetables; meat, poultry, fish and alternatives; milk, cheese, and yogurt), and limit snacks.
  • See your dentist regularly for a dental examination and professional cleaning - a key to helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Don't use tobacco products; they can increase your risk of gum disease and cancer of the mouth and throat.
  • Don't chew on hard objects that could crack a tooth.
  • Don't ignore gums that bleed when you brush or floss or changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
  • Wear a mouth guard when playing active sports.
  • Eating sweetened cereals dry is bad for teeth, always add milk.
  • Drinking frequent cups of tea or coffee with sugar added will increase the risk of teeth decay.
  • When less saliva is available on very hot days, one should not consume foods containing sugars that stick in the teeth.
  • Chewable vitamin C tablets with or without sugar are acidic and are a hazard for not only children’s teeth but also to adults' teeth. Do not use lemon juice for whitening because vitamin C will cause the teeth to lose calcium damaging teeth quicker than anything else.
  • You think that honey or fruit sugar cause less caries than regular sugar? False. It's all about of being sweet. If it's sweet then your teeth will suffer (e.g. apple juice, one of the sweetest)
  • And it's all about the TIME. Eating a piece of chocolate in 3 min can be less damaging than drinking a lemonade in 30 minutes. The more the sugar stays in your mouth the worse it gets (don't give up on chewing your food now :-))
  • Chocolate doesn't harm your teeth, but the sugar in it. Try eating more dark chocolate.
  • Not only sweets and drinks can damage your teeth. Fruits also. Of course less but still. So brush your teeth ;-)
  • Yes, chewing gum really helps. Of course your teeth, as the chemicals in eat can cause you diseases in other areas if consumed intensively.
  • Red wine, tea or coffee can color your teeth.
  • Try to avoid Soda and Cola like drinks. As the Cola drinks contain acids like Citric acid, and phosphoric acid. They slowly react with the teeth and dissolve them. These drinks have corrosive effect on the teeth.
  • Don't hesitate to brush your teeth at work! After all you can keep a brush close to you and do your thing after lunch ;-)
  • Don't brush your teeth after eating especially for children. According to the experts although this matter was contrary from an advice we get since childhood. The acid substance we get from food and drink made the teeth layer soften and brush the teeth will damaging this soft layer.
if I'll find more will let you know :-) Going to brush my teeth now!


andypiper said...

What happens to your teeth if you drink a lot of coffee from Starbucks?

Silvia said...

so lunch @starbucks = coffee? :-) well I guess the sugar will attack the teeth and develop some huge brown cavities called... hmmm..."sugarities" :-)))) And they will get deeper and deeper and hurt badly..so badly that you won't be able to sleep and cry cry cry.

Still in the mood for a sweet coffee? :-)

Cristian said...

wow! I didnt know it was so bad... I'm gonna go buy some glucose... and an i.v. infusion set! I figured its the best way to keep teeth cavities at bay! ;-)

Ioana said...

still brushing your teeth @work? ...hmm you could set up a virtual teeth brushing session for us to remember the old times :-)

Jenna said...

Is it really true that brushing right after you eat will damage your teeth? I never heard about that in my years of existence in Los Angeles. Cosmetic dentists will always be dependable in times like this but I think it’s time for people to learn about this. We have been fed up with twisted believe all our life here in Los Angeles. Teeth whitening is one aspect of dentistry that people here are obsessed of, which I think is the reason why their enamel gets weaker coz’, they brush right away to avoid getting it stained.