3 Tips for Healthy Teeth

brush your teeth to keep them healthyHow can you help your kids’ have healthy teeth? It requires more than brushing and flossing twice a day. Optimal nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are equally important when it comes to ensuring that your child’s teeth grow strong and straight and remain free of decay. And with Halloween just around the corner, this may be a good reminder to bone up on good oral hygiene!

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Tips for Healthy Teeth

healthy-teethHalloween is here and so are “fun-size” treats. Treats loaded with sugar and other ingredients that can get stuck to the teeth and cause cavities. Whether you let your children have one piece of candy a day or let them have all they want for a day or two and take the rest, healthy teeth should be a priority.

Here are three tips for keeping your kids’ mouth and teeth healthy, even with all the candy from Halloween.

1. Reduce bacteria in the mouth. Since bacteria is what causes cavities and dental decay in the first place, it makes sense to try to keep it at bay. Bacteria feeds in acidic environments and it thrives on sugar… even natural sugar. So cutting back on these kinds of foods will help the mouth not to be such a prime environment for bacteria to reside. Another way to help with this is to sip on water or swish with water while you are eating, so food has less chance to stick to the teeth.

2. Keep teeth clean and plaque-free. Since bacteria stick to teeth via plaque, it makes sense to try to keep plaque off the teeth. Continue reading “Tips for Healthy Teeth”

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How to Whiten Teeth Naturally

teeth-whiteA great smile is the first thing that people notice. For many, whiter teeth make them feel more confident and they smile more often. But those neon white teeth we see on celebrities are not a reality for most. Teeth naturally fall within a range of light greyish-yellow shades, depending on your genetics, and will darken as you age. Lifestyle habits also play a role in the whiteness of your your teeth.

Here are some tips to whiten teeth naturally, for a brighter smile:

Drinking coffee, tea and red wine, and eating dark berries and chocolate can stain the teeth, and those stains build up over time. Even drinking milk can lead to an increase in tartar production that causes yellowing. Limit the number of cups of tea and coffee you drink, and swap the red wine for a glass of white. Or brush your teeth after eating or drinking, or rinse your mouth with water. Continue reading “How to Whiten Teeth Naturally”

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