The Natural Way
Brush before breakfast
While you sleep, the bacteria in your mouth build up. Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning gets rid of sticky plaque which is the number one cause of tooth decay. It also creates a clean tooth surface before you introduce other foods and drinks into your mouth at breakfast. Breakfast foods are often high in acid (think orange juice, sugary cereals, bread and jam, etc.) If you brush immediately after you lower the pH of your mouth, you will be brushing away the minerals from your teeth. This can cause permanent damage by weakening your teeth through erosion.
Eat foods that prevent cavities
Textured foods like cheese, nuts, berries and apples can help to break up the plaque that adheres to your pearly whites and causes tooth decay. High fiber foods increase the production of saliva in the mouth, which is a natural protection for your teeth. Drinking unsweetened black or green tea is also a good way to prevent cavities because it contains a natural fluoride reducing the growth of bacteria on your teeth.
Chew sugar-free gum
There's good news for gum addicts! Chewing gum is actually good for you, so long as you choose gums that are sugar-free. When you chew gum it stimulates your salivary glands, helping your mouth to produce more saliva. Saliva is good for your mouth because it cleanses the mouth of any leftover food particles, while at the same time neutralizing the acids that erode your teeth. Saliva also contains many anti-bacterial properties that naturally destroy bacteria in your mouth and protect your teeth.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener that prevents the growth of bacteria in your mouth from creating tooth-eating acid. Studies show that not only does it prevent cavities, but it can actually aid in the re-mineralization of your teeth, naturally strengthening and healing them. You can use xylitol to sweeten your food, as well as adding xylitol toothpaste and mouthwash to your daily oral health regimen.
Don't sip on soda between meals
Acidic drinks like soda put your mouth in an acidic state, causing damage to tooth enamel and creating the perfect environment for decay. If you are going to drink soda pop, make sure to drink it with your meal so it has a chance to be washed away as you chew and swallow other foods. Sipping it through a straw is another way to minimize contact with your teeth.
Floss every day
We know it's not your favorite activity, but flossing is essential to protecting your oral health and preventing gum disease. When you brush, small particles of food remain between your teeth. Flossing is the only way to remove the residual food particles and protect yourself from cavities. Choose flosses that contain tea tree oil, green tea, cranberry or myrrh which have natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties to give an added boost to your tooth and gum health. Make sure to floss every day and you'll have a healthy smile for life!