8 Simple tips to prevent cavities in a natural way
Keep your teeth healthy by following a few simple rules, and remember: A healthy smile is a beautiful one. These rules are easy to follow, but they may change your life.
1. Watch what you eat.
Calcium is one of the main components of our bones and teeth, so it's important to get a lot of it from milk, yogurt, sour cream, or cheese.
Avoid sugar. Not only it causes us to gain weight, but it's terrible for our oral health. Stay away from sodas, juices, or fizzy drinks and replace them with water, fruit juices or tea. Don't eat too many sweets and when you do, make sure you brush your teeth right away.
2. Protect your tooth enamel.
The enamel is the exterior layer of the tooth and it's highly important because it protects the inner layers. Unlike your bones, the enamel does not regenerate, so it's important to take care good care of it. Here are some tips:
- After drinking coffee, fresh citrus juice, and tea, wait 10-15 minutes and rinse your mouth with water before brushing your teeth.
- Avoid eating foods that destroy your tooth enamel, like sweets, acidic fruits and hard foods that may cause it to chip or crack.
3. Chew sugar-free gum.
Chewing gum is good for your teeth (as long as it is sugar-free) because it helps clean your teeth and causes your mouth to fill with saliva, which naturally washes off food remains.
4. Change your toothbrush regularly.
Choosing the right toothbrush is crucial for your oral health.
- Most dentists recommend electrical toothbrushes with circular movements, so make sure you discuss your choice with your doctor.
- Don't use a cover for your toothbrush, because it may harbor bacteria. Rinse it with water after brushing your teeth and leave it to dry.
- Change it regularly - every 3 months - because its bristles deteriorate in time.
5. Follow a healthy routine.
Brush your teeth at least 2 times per day, for at least 2 minutes.
Floss. Ask your dentist to show you exactly how to use floss correctly in order to pull out any remaining food and germs.
Use mouthwash. It has an antibacterial effect and helps clean your whole mouth, including your gums and tongue, and it freshens your breath.
6. See your dentist regularly.
Check the health status of your teeth regularly and have a professional cleaning at least 2 times per year. Remember: prevention is the best and easiest cavities treatment.
7. Eat foods that are good for your teeth.
Besides avoiding sweets, there are foods you must eat in order to maintain a good oral health.
- Eat fruits, nuts, vegetables, apples, bananas, brussels sprouts, and peas because they promote salivation and help naturally clean your teeth.
- The whole grains are also good for your teeth because they are rich in vitamin B, iron, and magnesium - a mineral that helps absorb calcium- which you already know is good for your teeth.
- Eat plenty of seafood such as salmon, herrings, tuna, and sardines to get more vitamin D.
8. Coconut oil pulling.
Among other health benefits, the coconut oil pulls out bacteria from your teeth and prevents cavities. Swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, then spit it out.