4 Ways to Love Your Teeth
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, you’re probably thinking more about how to make the day special for your partner than what you can do for your teeth. That’s where we come in! Here are a few ways you can show your teeth some love this Valentine’s Day (and beyond).
1. Have a glass of water. Between meals, it’s especially helpful for rinsing away food that may be left behind.
2. Brush gently. Not only do most people not brush their teeth for long enough, they also brush too hard, which can irritate the gums.
3. Choose foods with less sugar. This doesn’t mean cutting sweets fully—when you have the choice, simply select the option that has less!
4. Book a visit with us. If it’s been a while since we’ve seen you, we’d love to welcome you back.
What Vitamins Are Best for Your Teeth?
These days, it seems that there’s a supplement for everything! But do they actually work? And do any of them benefit your teeth?
We breakdown a few vitamins and minerals that can play a pivotal role in your oral health below.
Calcium: This mineral helps provide support for bones and teeth. Get more calcium into your diet through milk, broccoli and salmon.
Potassium: Go bananas! Potassium has been proven to aid bone density, which is great for your teeth.
Vitamin K: This vitamin acts as a shield to block the breakdown of bones and provide healing. You can find Vitamin K in leafy greens.
Vitamin A: Keep your gums strong with Vitamin A, which helps keep mucous membranes healthy throughout the body. It can be found in carrots, sweet potato’s, egg yolks and fish among others.
Aging and Oral Health
While taking care of our teeth at every stage of life is important, aging can present specific challenges that seniors should be aware of.
Here are a few ways you can ensure your smile thrives well into your golden years.
• According to the CDC, 2 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 have some form of gum disease. Ensuring you floss daily and continue to brush twice each day can help lower your risk. More so, heart disease has been linked to gum inflammation.
• Older people with diabetes should make hydration a key part of their day. Why? Diabetes can cause more sugar in your saliva, causing tooth decay and other oral problems.
• If you smoke or chew tobacco, try to quit soon. Older adults are at a much higher risk for developing oral cancer. Regular visits with us can help ensure any issues are caught promptly!
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