smileIf you’re just like the rest of the population, then you take your oral health for granted. You skip dental check-ups at Kim Norman, DDS Dentistry for the Individual in Maryville, TN and you cannot be bothered to floss your teeth. And the statistics does not dispute this. According to surveys, around 90 percent of the overall population have cavities and 70 percent of cases of adult tooth loss is due to gum disease.

However, if you don’t want to be part of statistics and aspire to have your teeth last you your entire lifetime, then here are five quick tips from Kim Norman, DDS Dentistry for the Individual in Maryville, TN to having beautiful teeth:

1. Watch the sugar and acids you drink.

You may not think too much about each bottle of soda or energy drink you consume but these beverages contain high amounts of sugar and acids. In fact, there are around 10 teaspoons of sugar in every 12-ounce bottle of soda or energy drink. And if the sugar doesn’t wreak havoc on your teeth, the acids found in those drinks will definitely erode your dental enamel. The next time you’re thirsty in Maryville and Knoxville, TN, your safest bet is to drink water.

2. Know the food you eat.

Just because crackers and potatoes do not taste sweet does not mean that eating these foods won’t cause you cavities. Starchy foods will be converted into sugars through the action of your saliva. For this reason, it’s important to brush your teeth before going to bed especially if you’ve just eaten something rich in carbohydrates, and because milk formulas contain carbohydrates, never send your child to bed with a bottle of milk.

3. Drink water.

There are two reasons why you should drink water copiously throughout the day. The first reason is that drinking water will allow for a rinsing action which will help remove food debris, acids and sugars from your teeth. At the same time, water will keep your mouth moist. A moist environment will help to deter the multiplication of oral bacteria.

4. Eat fiber for snacks.

Whenever you bite into something which is rich in fiber such as celery or carrots, the fiber will act like a broom which will sweep bacteria and plaque trapped in between your teeth. And it helps also that fibrous vegetables and fruits contain only minute amounts of sugar as compared to common snack items. Lastly, biting into these crunchy snacks will also increase saliva secretion, the presence of which will help lower bacterial multiplication and neutralize acids.

Don’t forget to visit Kim Norman, DDS Dentistry for the Individual in Maryville, TN twice a year for a check up.

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