Friday, March 9th, 2012

Good Stuff for Teeth and avoiding cavities (or trying to, anyway)

I'm happy to say that I have been diligently going to the dentist about every 6 months for the past 5-6 years. In fact, I had my latest appointment today, and am incredibly happy that I have no cavities this time around. (No, I'm not trying to brag. In fact, I must admit I never once visited the dentist while I was in grad school for two years - too lazy to bother, I guess. When I finally went again, I regretted not having gone in awhile, because I had one rather big cavity to fill after going back to the dentist, not to mention other smaller ones).

Anyway, the reason I am so happy this time is: I have hardly had a visit in the past several years without at least one cavity being discovered each time. This has been a bit disheartening to me, to say the least, because I have been working hard, for many years, to take care of my teeth by maintaining good oral hygiene with the following habits:

Personal Oral Hygiene )

I decided to do some research on what contributes to cavities (beyond the obvious reasons of maintaining a healthful diet and regularly cleaning our teeth):
Why we get cavities, and why some people get cavities easier than others )

For those of us who have to work extra hard to maintain healthy teeth (myself included), its probably worth taking advantage of everything that's available for helping our teeth. That said, here is a
list of foods that are good for our teeth )

Apart from knowing what causes cavities and eating the right foods to help keep our teeth healthy, I also find it interesting that our ancestors used chew sticks to keep their teeth healthy. Check out one such study:

The concept definitely sounds intriguing to me, and simple & practical enough to try when it is simply not easily possible to brush/floss after meals. I just might go online and purchase a pack of these to try out on my teeth - I won't let all my hard work go to waste! I'm at least thankful that my gums have been healthy, at least based on my prior visit to the dentist.
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