Surprising Tips to Protect Your Teeth

A good set of pearly whites is always an asset that most people can only wish for. Good dental care is always dependent on the habits that you usually follow, and it is not just limited to regular tooth brushing. Here are some surprising tips that may help you better care for your teeth and protect them.

Limit Carb Intake During Mealtimes

Carbohydrates are essential for the body since it is considered as the body’s primary source of energy. But people should try to limit taking it during mealtimes. The reason for this is that carbs may also be damaging to your teeth and gums. Carbohydrates usually break down into simple sugars which bacteria in the mouth can convert into plaque. Carbohydrate snacks such as cookies and biscuits are usually a type that can easily get caught in between teeth and gums. And since most people usually brush their teeth only after meals, the longer time period that carbs spend in the mouth makes them a risk for damaging teeth.

Increase Vitamin C Intake

A lot of people may not be aware that vitamin C may also help keep your gums healthy. According to studies, people who have increased their vitamin C intake regularly are less likely to develop gum disease as compared to those who with lesser vitamin C intake.

Use a Straw When Drinking

This tip is applicable for drinks that contain citric and phosphoric acids such as sodas, juices and most sports drinks. These acids can erode dental enamel. Using a straw for drinking allows these acids to come into contact less with your dental enamel and therefore, help avoid possible tooth damage.

Brush Teeth After Swimming

Taking a dip in a pool can also cause damage to your teeth. This is because of the chlorine that is usually added into the pool water in order to kill the bacteria found in it. Although more chlorine usually results in more bacteria killed in pool water, it can also cause the water to become too acidic as it lowers the pH level. This can cause potential damage to teeth. Brushing after a dip in the pool for more than an hour can help avoid this problem.