Keeping a healthy mouth: A guide on how to get stronger teeth, gums and bones

How to get stronger teeth: A dentist’s advice

Revelations of a dentist: How to get stronger teeth

We all dread going to the dentist. It is quite possibly the most difficult situation that you find yourself in, and the most hated place on earth. Most people don’t even consider going to the dentist until they begin suffering from pain or any other problem that disrupts their lifestyle, but unfortunately, you have to go sometime at least for a check-up, but until you do, we will try to give you some advice on how to get stronger teeth, gums and bones.

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How to get stronger teeth:

The first thing you need to know that the development of all our teeth starts when we are in our mother’s womb, and once we are born, there is very little you can do to make your teeth stronger, so our first piece of advice is really not for you personally, but to all you expecting mother’s out there. A healthy diet is of the utmost importance, not just for your sake but for the baby’s overall health as well as his dental health.

Calcium, Magnesium and Sodium are all extremely important minerals for your child’s teeth development, either through basic dietary adjustments such as drinking loads of milk and a healthy amount of salt, or even through supplements, but you have to ask your OBGYN specialist on what’s best for you. On a side note, your own dental health is also important, as the rate of decay and gum disease sky rockets when you are pregnant (because your baby is syphoning all the nutrients and vitamins from your body) so make sure you visit your dentist for a check-up before the final 3 months of pregnancy.

That is how you get stronger teeth during their formation, but what about afterwards? Well, the inner composition of teeth is not going to change anymore, but you can do a few of the following to make sure you don’t need a dentist for an emergency (AKA stronger teeth):

  • Use a fluoridated tooth paste and mouthwash:
    Fluoride is the only thing that can form a protective layer on the surface of the enamel (that is the strongest, outermost layer of the tooth responsible for its protection) so using a tooth paste and mouthwash with Fluoride in them will surely do the trick. The amount of Fluoride needed differs according to your age and how prone you are to decay, and for that you have to consult your dentist.

  • Stay away from Damaging food to the teeth:
    It is true that decay could arise from absolutely any type of food if not cleaned properly, but there are certain types that carry certain risks, either because they contain a huge amount of sugar such as chocolates and cough syrups – Shocking isn’t it!! – or because they have a sticky nature so they remain in contact with the teeth longer and maximize the chance of getting decay such as toffees and honey, and the one that tops them all are foods with hidden sugars in them. These are the ones you had absolutely no idea contain so much sugar, and the most surprising one is .. wait for it .. KETCHUP. Although ketchup is not inherently sweet, a huge load of sugar goes into its manufacturing, and the end result is a product that causes significant decay while you are unaware.

  • Visit your dentist regularly:
    “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is how the saying goes, but unfortunately this is not true for dentists. It is inevitable that you would need a dental visit soon, so why not make it a regular thing, every 6 months or so, just to check if there are any new cavities or other undetected problems that are easy to fix right away, instead of waiting for the problem to enlarge and become a burden both physically and financially.

How to get stronger bones:

Bones are in a lot of ways similar to teeth. They have almost the same structure and layers, with the difference in the amount of minerals present in them; However, unlike teeth, you can influence the internals structure of bones even after birth, because they have richer blood supplies than teeth, and are capable of adding (or subtracting) components from their internal composition.

For bones, the 2 most important nutrients are Calcium and Potassium, and these are found naturally in Milk and Bananas among others. If you are an athlete, and taking supplements to make your muscles stronger, then calcium would definitely be a part of your supplements, but again it is best to follow the advice of a dietary expert on how and when to take supplements.

How to get stronger gums:

You have to think of gums as an organ that is in need of caring and supplementation as much as teeth and bones. For gums, it is not a question of strength with minerals and supplements, but how to keep it healthy. Gum disease is a wide spread condition, and could lead to a variety of problems the most unfortunate of which is teeth loss, however, it is very easy to avoid if you follow the following list of very simple instructions:

  • Brushing and flossing:
    Good for avoiding both decay and gum disease, by removing the sticky layer of plaque from the surface of the teeth (which is loaded with bacteria) and is responsible for almost every disease of the mouth.

  • Eat foods rich in fibers:
    Fibers are known to be good for your bowels, but they are also great for the gums. Eating foods such as lettuce will certainly make your gums stronger and reduce the chances of gum disease significantly.

  • Salt water rinse:
    The mouth’s environment should be kept at a neutral PH of about 7 to 8, but when we eat, the bacteria ferments the foods releasing acids and the PH drops to about 3 (which is where gum disease as well as decay start to happen). Salt water can remedy that because salt is alkaline and can quickly level out the acidic PH after eating, minimizing the risk of disease. Salt also has very string healing powers and anti-inflammatory effects, so even if you do have a small degree of gum disease, salt water can remedy that.

That is pretty much all you need to know on how to get stronger teeth, bones and gums so that you don’t need that dreaded emergency visit to the dentist, but make sure you go for a check-up anyway though.

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