Voted a top feature on several dating sites when probables were asked the question “what features are you looking for in a mate?” a healthy smile is captivating, inviting, intriguing and just plain sexy. Nevertheless, healthy smiles are fleeting as sugars, stresses, disorders and bad oral habits selfishly wreak havoc on everyone’s mouth
Common Causes of Unhealthy Teeth:
- Sugar: This sweet evil is the leading troublemaker in the formation of cavities; it encourages the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths to stick to the surface of our teeth, turning it into plaque and weakening the enamel to the point that cavities begin to form.
- Bad Oral Habits: Bad habits such as not brushing and flossing enough can cause stuck on bacteria to destroy healthy teeth.
- Smoking and Nicotine: This preventable cause of unhealthy teeth can seriously ugly up your smile. Smoking and nicotine can cause bone loss, stained teeth, gum recession, halitosis and bacterial overgrowth.
- Stress: Annoying stress can cause you to subconsciously clench and grind your teeth which can cause your teeth to weaken, shift and break.
- Acids: Foods such as limes, lemons, vinegar and wine are very acidic; this acidity erodes the enamel on the teeth, exposing it to bacteria and weakness.
- Disorders: Persons suffering from disorders such as diabetes, osteoporosis, infections, vitamin D deficiency or certain autoimmune dysfunctions often also show signs of weakened enamel, cavities and periodontal disease.
How to Eat your Way to a Healthy Smile:
There are powerful properties in the foods supplied by nature, depending on what you put into your body, food can help repair damaged hair, strengthen immunity, glow dull skin, jumpstart metabolism, enhance your sex life and even encourage a healthy smile. Below are a few ways to eat your way to a healthy smile.
- Drink your Herbal Tea: Herbal teas such as green tea and black tea contain antioxidants and polyphenols that prevent plaque from forming on your teeth.
- Eat more Yogurt: Yogurt contains probiotics which is a friendly bacteria that keeps bad bacteria at bay, also yogurt is a great source of calcium which can strengthen teeth.
- Munch Raw Veggies: Munching on raw vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumbers and bell pepper will produce more saliva which naturally rinses mouth of excess bacteria.
- Detox Regularly: Detoxing will rid your body of toxic build up and enhance your immunity which will decrease your chances of disorders associated with unhealthy teeth.
- Enjoy the Sun: The sun is our biggest and cheapest source of bone loving vitamin D, getting just 2 hours of sun a week is enough to improve the integrity of our teeth and bones.
- Drink through a Straw: Both healthy and unhealthy drinks can damage a healthy smile; drinking through a straw will minimize the drink to teeth contact and lessen the chances of weakened enamel.
- Chew, shake and brush with Xylitol: Xylitol is the entity naturally found in fruits and vegetables; it is used as a natural sugar substitute and contains properties that can normalize the PH levels in our mouth and combat oral bacteria. Xylitol is used in natural mouthwashes, toothpastes and chewing gum and candy. Ditch the traditional mouthwashes, toothpastes and chewing gums; most of them contain sugar which completely defeats the purpose of creating a healthy smile. Xylitol rich oral care is one of our best defenses against oral decay. Chew Xylitol gum when brushing teeth is impossible and munch on Xylitol candy when greedy sweet tooth comes knocking.
- Adopt Healthy Oral Hygiene: Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing, flossing, and rinsing twice a day are easy ways to save your smile.