Tips on How to Protect Your Teeth

Your body cannot grow more permanent teeth, so it is important to protect them. Make sure to eat properly, wear a mouth guard if you play sports or grind your teeth, and use care if you get oral piercings. Your teeth are strong, but they – and your mouth in general – need protection.

Eating for Your Teeth (not just with them)

Your diet is crucial to oral hygiene. Before your body can use the food, it needs to be chewed up by your teeth. A diet full in nutrients from all the food groups can help protect your teeth.

Sugar, especially in sodas, can cause cavities on your teeth. Limit sugar intake by eating healthier snacks. And, if you do have a lot of sugar in your diet, try and have your sugary foods during a meal, rather than as a snack.

Eating sugars during a full meal is better than during snacking because a full meal produces more saliva, which helps wash away the sugars and break down plaque. Choose healthier snack alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, or cheeses to help protect your teeth between meals.

Avoid chewing on hard objects such as ice or even the ends of pencils. Not only can this weaken the enamel of your teeth, but it can also put you at risk for breaking or cracking a tooth. Your teeth may be strong, but they were really only intended to chew food, so try and break the bad habits of chewing objects that are not edible.

Mouth Guards

If you play contact sports, make sure to use a mouth guard to protect your teeth from getting chipped, broken, or knocked out. A mouth guard absorbs the force of contact – either from an elbow to the face, or even biting your teeth together.

If you grind your teeth while you sleep, you can use a mouth guard to keep your enamel from breaking down. A dentist or a sporting good store can provide a simple mouth guard for your protection.

Original Source: Palo Alto Medical Foundation