Oral Health: Keeping Your Teeth and Gums Healthy

Man being checked by the dentistThere are people who are gifted with a great set of pearly whites, but those are only in the minority. VanDenburgh Dental and other general and cosmetic dentists noted that many suffer from teeth problems such as misalignment, crookedness, overbite, and underbite. Luckily, dental technology can now fix these problems to leave anyone spotting a movie star smile.

However, other than visiting a dentist to fix your teeth, you should take steps to keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Watch that diet

“You are what you eat," as the popular saying goes — and this applies to your teeth. A diet that’s rich in fruits, leafy greens, and dairy products can keep your teeth and gums healthy.

On the other hand, loading up on sugary drinks and processed food put your oral health at risk. These lack minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients necessary for healthy teeth development. To make matters worse, they’re full of sugar that encourages the growth of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Microbes in the mouth breakdown sugary substance to reproduce, creating corrosive acids as a result. Too much acid in the mouth puts you at the risk of cavities.

Go easy on the coffee

Your fast-paced life calls for several cups of coffee to keep you energized and productive, but did you know that too much coffee is bad for your teeth? The dark pigments in coffee go into the small pits on your teeth’s enamel coating, giving it a yellowish appearance.

The longer the pigments stay on your teeth, the deeper it embeds. Also, coffee is acidic. Brushing your teeth within 30 minutes put your teeth at risk. Drink a glass of water afterward if you won’t get a chance to brush teeth with fluoride-based toothpaste.

Keeping your teeth and gum health is important to your oral health and wellbeing. With a little bit of effort and care, you can keep them white and healthy.