How can I keep my teeth in shape for years to come?

Oral health tips for great teeth for life

It is rare for most of us to get to middle age with great looking teeth. By this time, most of us have lost a tooth or two and probably have numerous amalgam fillings in the rear teeth at least. However, some people seem to get away with having great teeth well into their middle age, so how does this work for some and not for others.

Well, one factor that we can do little about is genetic. Some people simply have stronger genes in certain areas of their health and teeth are no exception to this. If you have strong healthy genes then the chances are that, providing you take care of them, you will also have great looking and strong teeth.

For the rest of us though, it goes without saying that taking care of our teeth will be a determining factor in how our teeth are later on in life. Brushing and flossing our teeth regularly are the obvious factors as is making sure that you visit the dentist for regular check ups, but what other factors will help us to keep our teeth in great shape?

We consulted a professional dentist in Burton in Derbyshire and according to him, simply following these tips should keep your teeth looking great well into your middle age.

Smoking

A lot now is known about the detrimental effect on our health that smoking has and this also impacts our teeth on two key levels. Firstly, as you would expect, smoking causes discolouration of the teeth which will occur anyway as we get older, but smoking makes them much darker than they would need to be. The other factor is that smoking reduces our immune system and we are much more likely to suffer from gum disease which can eventually lead to tooth loss as well as other problems such as bad breath/halitosis.

Diet

A diet high in sugar is a sure way to suffer from tooth decay. Even if we are fastidious about cleaning our teeth, there will always be places that we can’t reach and these are the areas where the sugar will attack our teeth. A good healthy diet packed with vitamins and minerals will keep us strong and healthy.

Acids

Although citric fruit is good for our health as it is high in vitamin C, it is also very acidic and this attacks the enamel of our teeth leaving them open to decay. It is always advisable to clean your teeth shortly after eating oranges etc to minimise this.

Muesli and Wholegrains

Once again, healthy foods that will help to keep us in excellent health but have been known to chip teeth, especially those that have been stone ground as there can be pieces of the stone mill in the cereal. By all mans use these, but do be careful to avoid chipping your teeth.