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4 Simple Ways to Increase Your Family’s Oral Health

Keeping your family’s teeth and gums healthy is an investment that you will all benefit from for the rest of your lives. In addition to brushing and flossing multiple times a day, here is a look at a few tips that will help you avoid common oral health issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, and malocclusion.

Keep Gum around the House

Your saliva actually contains millions of microbes that protect your teeth and gums. Staying hydrated is the best way to stimulate the production of saliva, but you might also want to try keeping gum around the house. Because your body thinks you are eating food while you are chewing gum, your mouth will immediately begin to produce additional saliva. When purchasing gum, you should choose brands that have no dyes, sugar, artificial sweeteners, or other additives.

Change Your Multivitamins

The vast majority of your nutrients should come from your diet, but many patients will struggle with at least a few deficiencies over the years. If you have recently noticed that one of your family members is dealing with oral health problems, then you might want to switch their multivitamin. Supplements that contain coenzyme Q10, calcium, and vitamin D are the best options for patients who want healthier teeth and gums.

Schedule an Extra Checkup

Many people grow up hearing that they only need one dental checkup every year, but the vast majority of patients will benefit from two to three appointments per year. Professionals, like those at Hoffman & Karl Associates, PLLC, know that it is especially important to schedule additional checkups with your pediatric dentist while your child’s adult teeth are coming in. Minor preventative services could help your kid avoid a lifetime of serious health complications such as malocclusion.

Eat More Detergent Foods

A detergent food is any product that actually cleans your teeth while it is being eaten. The vast majority of detergent foods are fruits and vegetables that contain almost no sugar. Detergent foods also tend to be rich in fiber due to the physical arrangement of fiber molecules. Some of the most effective detergent foods include fresh carrots, celery, cucumbers, pears, onions, and lettuce. Ending your meals with produce will begin the process of clearing away starches and sugars.

In addition to these lifestyle changes, you should also keep an eye out for any unusual symptoms in your mouth. Some common side effects that must be treated by an experienced dentist include chronic bad breath, shiny gums, bleeding gums, and severe tooth discoloration.

Tim Esterdahl

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