5 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Fit in the New Year
The new year is a time for picking resolutions and sticking to them (for as long as possible). In addition to working out and eating healthy, why not consider the “fitness” of your teeth?
Along with building strong muscles, take these steps to build strong enamel.1
Limit sugary foods and drinks. Bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars found in certain foods and drinks. These bacteria then create acids that attack and wear down tooth enamel. Looks like that root beer float isn’t so sweet when it comes to your teeth.
Eat foods high in calcium. Calcium-rich foods counter these acids by rebuilding enamel and helping bones and teeth stay strong. To help get your daily calcium fix, reach for snacks like cheese, broccoli or yogurt.
Use fluoride. To protect teeth, fluoride helps strengthen enamel and repairs the first stages of tooth decay. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. You can also get a dose of fluoride through certain mouthwashes, fluoride treatments at the dentist and from most tap water.
Don’t brush too hard. Resolve to brush for the full two minutes – just don’t brush too fast or too hard. To avoid wearing down your enamel, brush gently, use an oval-shape motion and stick to a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Treat conditions that cause decay. Treating heartburn and certain eating disorders can help diminish the enamel-eroding effects of stomach acids.