7 tips to how not to lose your teeth

35 Million Americans Have No Teeth

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- 178 mln Americans missing at least one tooth
- 200 mln patients lacking teeth (edentulous) in next 15 years
- 75% of teens have bleeding gums

1. Have a travel toothbrush with you daily and use it often. Don’t use just any toothpaste. Brush 2-3 x day with mineralizing toothpaste. Studies show varnishes made from xylitol, a sweet five-carbon sugar, mineralize teeth. Most popular toothpastes contain fluoride, which dentists recommend. But fluoride can be augmented with or substituted for (for those who don’t use it) xylitol. In a study enamel surface remineralization was significantly increased by xylitol formulations. Xylitol appears a “promising alternative to increase surface and subsurface remineralization…”

2. Floss Daily. This will prevent gum infections. A handy proxy brush can get under bridges and inbetween teeth.

3 .Eat vitamin C-rich fresh fruits and take effective oral supplements. Feast on oranges, tangerines and bell peppers; take coenzyme Q10, which can suply to infected gums the needed metabolic energy to regenerate gum tissues.

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4. Rinse or chew gum with xylitol after meals. Xylitol should be the first ingredient listed on the gum and free from sucrose or artificial sweeteners. Xylitol gums increase saliva and wash away bacteria since S. mutans cannot digest the 5-carbon, unlike sugar, the 6-carb.

5. Protect your teeth. Did you know the fresh crunchy French baguette is the main teeth cruncher, according to dentists? So crunch it with your fingers instead of biting. Use protective gear in sports including martial arts; mountain bikers, too. Make sure if your child does X game activities he or she uses a mouthguard.

6. No tobacco or alcohol. Don’t smoke. Don’t chew. Don’t drink. By themselves these clear-cut health no-no’s are bad but together they tell an all too obvious story of gum disease and oral cancer. Besides, smoking stains the teeth.

7. To avoid sugar, switch to xylitol. Sugar is the big white elephant of decay in America. When bacteria in the mouth break down simple sugars, they produce acids that can erode tooth enable, opening the door to decay. “Sugary drinks, including soft drinks and fruit drinks, pose a special threat because people tend to sip them, raising acid levels over a long period of time,” says Steven E. Schonfeld, DDS, PhD, a dentist in private practice and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. “Carbonated drinks may make matters worse, since carbonation also increases acidity.” Sticky candies are another culprit, because they linger on teeth surfaces. Those sneaky little candies and sugary candy bars even if we get them from our favorite health food store are cavity makers for kids and adults alike. Baking with low-calorie sweeteners such as xylitol or stevia can also make a difference in children’s overall health. Xylitol, in particular, combats obesity and metabolic syndrome by being low on the glycemic index compared to sugar. You can also find xylitol mints to replace your kids’ candies.

References
Cardoso CA, Cassiano LP, Costa EN, Magalhães AC, Grizzo LT, Caldana ML, Bastos JR, Buzalaf MA. Effect of xylitol varnishes on remineralization of artificial enamel caries lesions in situ. J Dent. 2016 Mar 23. pii: S0300-5712(16)30046-X. doi: 10.1016/j. jdent.2016.03.011. [Epub ahead of print]
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