Natural Ways to Care for your Teeth

It’s hopefully common knowledge by now that brushing and flossing your teeth(2 times daily) is a must to maintain healthy teeth. However, what many people do not know is that natural ways to maintain healthy teeth also exist. The Chicago Tribune recently wrote a wonderful article highlighting several natural ways to care for your teeth that you may not have heard of before:

Rinse with black tea:
Now the article said to “Be British” and rinse with black tea. The truth is you don’t have to take it that far to see the benefits of rinsing with black tea. “Rinsing with black tea reduces plaque formation and the production of acids that cause tooth decay, according to research headed by Christine Wu, a professor and director of caries research at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.”

Chew Sugarless Gum
According to the American Dental Association, chewing sugarless gum, as with any food, stimulates saliva production. Saliva in turn neutralizes the acids which lead to tooth decay.

Eat Chewy Foods
Eating crunchy vegetables and food that requires extensive chewing can wipe away plaque buildup on the teeth. Start chewing!

Eat Cheese & Chocolate at the End of Meals
“Cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss and American have been shown to protect against cavities, especially if eaten at the end of a meal,” says Chicago dentist Taf Paulson.

For the rest of the list, visit the Chicago Tribune article, “Natural Ways to Care For your Teeth“. Also note that none of these suggestions should serve as substitution for brushing and flossing. Rather, they should supplement your existing oral care routine, and not relied upon for good dental health.

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  1. wisdom June 13th

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    Some good tips in there that I was not aware of. I tend to eat a lot of cheese and chocolate anyways, so maybe that has been helping with cavities. Thanks for the share.

  2. Tiran Walley February 11th

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    I must admit it Cory Kemp you have most of the corners covered,try drinking plenty of water to ge the salia flow inthe mouth.

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