Diligent Brushing, Flossing and use of Mouthwash is essential for healthy teeth. But we can also help keep our teeth healthy with the right diet and good habits.
Apples, carrots, celery and other fruit and vegetables will teeth clean. The physical action of chewing these foods will get rid of some plaque from the tooth surface. They also keep the mouth moist, which reduced decay.
This generation has been taught the importance of keeping well hydrated for good health. Drinking water also helps keep our mouth clean and breath reasonably fresh. A dry mouth is prone to decay because the bacteria count increases, and this is one reason for bad breath.
Bottled water does not usually contain fluoride, which is a slight issue. Fluoride in tap water helps to reduce decay.
Make sure to take some salt. Too much water can leave our body without sufficient salt, which is a serious health problem, leading to fainting and disorientation.
Water with additives like lemon juice is too acidic for teeth.
We should breathe through our nose. Breathing through the mouth leads to dry teeth and gums, and that increases the risk of tooth decay and bad breath. It also tend to make us feel lethargic due to the reduced nitric oxide. Some people find this is a big problem at night, especailly if there is snoring. A mouthguard or nasal strip can help. Talk to the dentist.
Chewing sugar free gum keeps our mouth moist and helps clean out teeth. It is also good for fresh breath. Gum that is sweetened with xylitol is preferable as the xylitol helps fight bad bacteria. Gum that is sweetened with aspartame is popular with many people, though aspartame is a common allergy.
Cashews have been found to fight the most common decay causing bacteria in the mouth. A few cashews after a meal is a healthy option, though these nuts do contain a lot of calories.
This has many general health benefits, fighting bacteria in the mouth and keeping breath fresh are only two dental benefits. Cold green tea (in place of water) is a good option.