We talk about staying fit, working out and eating healthy, so why not consider the “fitness” of your teeth? Along with your daily routine of going for a walk or run, here are some fitness goals for your smile. While you work on building strong muscles, follow this advice to build strong enamel. After all, your dental health is an important part of your overall health.
Stay away from sugary foods and drinks
The harmful bacteria in your mouth will feed on the sugars found in soda and sweets. Then, these bacteria create acids. Acid attacks and wears down your tooth enamel. Those sugary foods and drinks aren’t good for your overall health or your smile!
Eat foods high in calcium
Foods like cheese, broccoli and yogurt are rich with calcium. Calcium can counter the damage from acids, as explained above, by rebuilding enamel. Choose foods high in calcium to keep your teeth strong, and your bones will stay strong too.
Fluoride helps strengthen enamel
When you brush your teeth, twice a day for two minutes, use fluoride toothpaste. The fluoride protects your teeth, helps strengthen your enamel and repairs the first stages of tooth decay. You can also find fluoride in certain mouthwashes and most tap water. Also your dentist provides fluoride treatments.
Brush twice a day, but not too hard
You’re already brushing twice a day for two minutes. But to keep that smile fit and keep your enamel strong, don’t brush too hard or too fast. Improve your brushing technique by brushing gently in an oval-shape motion. Also, to avoid wearing down your enamel, choose a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Keep your gums in good shape too
Healthy gums are another important part of your dental health. Add these steps to your fitness routine to keep yours in good shape.
- Brush and floss daily – Brushing twice a day is part of your routine, but is flossing too? To keep your gums healthy and strong, when you floss and brush, pay attention to the gumline. Need to improve your flossing technique? Learn five steps to better flossing.
- Visit your dentist – Your dentist can identify any early signs of gum disease so it can treated early and prevent worse problems. A professional cleaning from your dentist and dental hygienist provide the only way to remove tartar buildup. They can also reach plaque that you may have missed.
- Don’t smoke – Being fit and healthy corresponds directly with not smoking. Same is true for your dental health. If you smoke, it makes it harder to fight gum disease. Smoking can weaken your immune system and make it difficult for your damaged gums to heal.