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We all have times when we are too busy, too tired or too lazy to do something that we ought to. And that’s okay, sometimes. Taking care of your teeth however is not something that you can put on the back burner or postpone. You only get one shot at keeping your teeth and every minute counts. Seriously. Bacteria and harmful decay are always lurking! Here are 10 surprising ways to keep your teeth healthy.
1. Eating fruits and veggies isn’t just good for your body and your waistline. Eating healthy fruits and veggies are important to your teeth as well. You already know that calcium builds strong bones and teeth. You probably also know that drinking water with added fluoride is essential to teeth health. Did you know that eating fruits and veggies with high water content is better for your teeth? For example, pears and celery are good for your chompers but bananas and raisins are too sugary and have very little water content.
2. Rinse or brush after medicine. It is cold and flu season now and that means along with the coughs and sore throats are lots of medications. From cough drops to DayQuil, medicines contain ingredients that are harmful to teeth. just the sugars alone can create enough harmful bacteria to eat through the enamel surface of your teeth. Make sure to brush or at least rinse with water after taking meds.
3. Eat popcorn. That’s right, popcorn is a food that can help clean your teeth. Other natural, crunchy and low sugar foods can work too like carrots, apples and nuts. keep these in mind so that after eating a meal that is sticky, sweet or high in acidity, chomp on these natural teeth cleaners until you can get to your brush. * Warning – do not chew on popcorn kernel because they can crack your teeth and fillings!
4. Eating cheese not only has calcium which promotes strong teeth, but it also good for your teeth. What? Eating aged cheeses make you salivate which helps rinse your teeth. So having a slice of cheddar or jack cheese not only gives you a powerful boost of protein, but is better for your teeth than American cheese.
5. Lick your hand. This one is surprising right? Have you ever smelled someone’s foul breath and wondered how in the heck they couldn’t know? Often times the bacteria in our mouths grows slowly enough that by the time it is rank, we are used to it. Bacteria lurks on our tongues and gums and it rots our teeth and we are none the wiser. If you have not been able to brush your teeth for a few hours then do this test. . . swish saliva around in your mouth a few times and then lick your hand. If you smell bad breath then you know that you need to rescue your teeth (and whoever is sitting near you).
I hope that you learned some fun and interesting ways to keep your teeth healthy! You and I both know that there is never any substitution for actually brushing your teeth. Remember to floss and brush at least twice a day and especially right before going to bed. If you want to get sparkling white and healthy teeth like mine you can try what I use. . . Colgate® Enamel Health™ Whitening Toothpaste or Colgate® Enamel Health™ Sensitivity Relief Toothpaste. You can get it at your local Walgreens or other stores.