If there is anything you can do to strengthen your tooth enamel you better believe it’s at the top of your to-do list. I am a firm believer in second chances but you don’t get a second chance when it comes to your tooth enamel. Once it is gone, there is no getting it back. Luckily majority of the time we can protect our tooth enamel through the foods we eat and how we take care of our teeth. However, there is another way that you can strengthen your tooth enamel and that is through taking supplements. Supplements are a great way to mind the gap of what is missing from your diet and protect yourself against unwanted health problems.
In regards to tooth enamel one supplement is worth taking over others. Calcium. *Cue applause and cheers* Calcium is probably the most important mineral when it comes to strengthening your teeth and luckily it is probably one of the easiest to get. Double bonus. Calcium can also be found in all dairy products and can also be found in leafy greens, beans and almonds.
Taking calcium supplements can help your teeth remineralize and become stronger. However, there is more to it then just popping some supplement pills and moving on. There are other minerals that are important in this process. Vitamins like D2 and K2 are important as well because they work alongside the calcium and make sure that your calcium is being directed and absorbed in the correct way and areas.
We may encourage people to be sensitive but it is not a characteristic we want our teeth to emulate. Having sensitive teeth can cause discomfort or pain during certain activities such as eating or brushing your teeth. The main cause of this problem is normally worn tooth enamel, an exposed tooth root or teeth grinding.
Your tooth enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth and protects your teeth. Once tooth enamel is worn down it cannot be rebuilt. However, it can be prevented from becoming even worse or ever happening at all. For prevention, pay attention to to the acidic foods and drinks such as carbonated drinks or citrus fruits that you are consuming. These acidic items can remove small amount of tooth enamel over time. Choose to drink acidic beverages through a straw to lessen the contact with your teeth and drink water after eating acidic foods to balance the acid levels in your mouth.
An exposed tooth root is as bad as it sounds. Your tooth roots are normally protected by your gums. But your gums can be pushed back because of various reasons. In fact, brushing your teeth with a hard bristled toothbrush and some serious elbow grease might do more damage than good. Note: Brushing your teeth harder doesn’t make them cleaner. Sometimes misaligned teeth exposes the nerve of the tooth root. In addition, smoking or tobacco use can cause your gums to recede.
There are many possible reasons that you might grind your teeth at night. Research has found that 70% of people grind their teeth because of stress and/or anxiety. Evaluate your current lifestyle and see if there are changes that need to be made in order to alleviate some tension. In the end if you know that you grind your teeth at night talk to your doctor about getting a mouth guard. Those teeth need protection!
There are many reasons why your teeth may be feeling sensitive. With that in mind, it is important to talk to your dentist first before jumping to any conclusions. A cavity, chipped tooth and even gum disease can cause similar discomfort when you eat or brush your teeth.
Shout out to the real MVP, your saliva. That’s right, you would be poor shape without the help of your spit. As soon as food hits your mouth your saliva starts working to break it down. Saliva helps prevent tooth decay, limit bacterial growth in your mouth and make it easier to chew and swallow food. It’s just as important as your teeth, which is why you need to take action if you suffer from dry mouth. Dry mouth is a condition where your salivary glands do not make enough saliva. Having a decrease in saliva can have a serious influence on your gum health. Luckily there are natural ways that you can help soothe dry mouth. Some things are best to avoid and others should be implemented into your lifestyle. Check below to learn more about Remedies to Treat Dry Mouth.
One thing to avoid or eliminate is salty and dry foods as well as foods and beverages with high sugar content. This could be implemented by steering clear of things like crackers as well as dried fruit. Neither of these things are necessarily unhealthy but they can aggravate dry mouth conditions. Also, it would be wise to avoid drinks containing alcohol because alcohol can increase water loss and dry out the mouth. That drink is not worth it in the long run.
Another thing to avoid if you are starting to see symptoms is commercial mouth rinses that contain certain ingredients like alcohol or peroxide. It might seem surprising but these ingredients actually dry out your mouth even more. If you still want a mouthwash make sure to read the labels. Just because it’s dentist recommended, doesn’t mean your dentist would recommend it for you.
One lifestyle change you can make is increasing the amount of water you drink regularly. It is very important that you stay hydrated throughout the day. This is easier said than done. In fact, if you are thirsty that is your body telling you that you are dehydrated and you need water. Keeping a reusable water bottle on hand is a great reminder to continue to drink throughout the day.
Another small lifestyle change that can help alleviate dry mouth is sucking on sugar free hard candies, ice chips or sugar-free popsicles. Notice “sugar free”, this is not an excuse to go wild. Be strategic with what you choose. By doing this you are tricking your mind and stimulating saliva flow which can help keep your mouth from becoming too dry.
Most people view the inner workings of their bodies as isolated individuals. What happens in your mouth never comes in contact with what happens in your immune system. Everything is neat and disconnected. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Instead of isolated individuals, your body’s organs and systems are like a big nosey family. If someone’s crying, everyone’s crying. If one person’s mad, well, then they’re all mad. Everyone is in everyone’s business.
In a real sense, we can see clear evidence that every part of our body is tightly connected. For example, Periodontal disease in your mouth has negative effects on pregnancies. Being mentally stressed or overwhelmed actually causes your heart to beat faster. And the most compelling to me is the tight connection between the state of your gut and your mental health. In fact, your gut can play a role in serious conditions such as depression, anxiety and even autism.
The gut and the brain are so insync that when your gut becomes out of balanced it can change how your brain functions and vice versa. Research has shown that people who suffer from depression normally have gut issues as well. Take a second to think about this and it’ll make perfect sense. The gut is sensitive to emotion; we have felt nauseous in stressful situations or intestinal pain before a big presentation. These are examples of a troubled brain interacting with the gut and causing physical pain and discomfort. Likewise, the gut can send messages to the brain. This interaction can play a part in developing depression or anxiety.
In your big nosey family, there are 78 organs and 60,000 miles of blood vessels working together to keep you alive. Since everything is interlocked, you cannot target one thing without causing a train reaction of good or bad. So choose to have a good train reaction. Treat your gut through making good food choices, fueling bacteria with probiotics and exercising consistently.