How To Build Strong Teeth

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Strong teeth are healthy teeth, and the path to healthy teeth includes both eating the right foods and caring for your teeth the right way. According to the American Dental Association, the top reasons people suffer from gum disease and tooth cavities include poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco, and taking certain medicines that block the absorption of calcium.

One of the easiest ways to ensure you keep your teeth strong is to establish good dental hygiene practices, such as:

  • Brush after every meal using a fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss at least once daily (preferably more often)
  • Make healthy food choices, ensuring you consume the recommended daily allowance of calcium
  • Get regular check-ups and cleanings at the dentist
  • Refrain from smoking or chewing tobacco

Good dental hygiene is the foundation upon which healthy teeth are formed, but healthy eating habits can also impact your tooth health. Healthy teeth, like the rest of your body, require you to eat healthy foods. Eating plenty of fruits, veggies, whole wheat, and dairy not only promote overall health, but ensure your body gets the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain healthy, strong teeth. Learn more about how your diet affects tooth health in the Colgate Oral Care Resources center.

Some people may have a more difficult time maintaining healthy teeth than others. If you take certain medications or suffer from specific conditions, such as diabetes, you may need to place more emphasis on dental hygiene and work closely with your dentist to prevent tooth and gum problems. Learn more about how specific medical conditions can impact your tooth health in the Colgate Oral Care Resources center.

Ultimately, strong and healthy teeth result from dedicated, consistent dental hygiene practices combined with healthy eating and regular dental care.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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  • Enamel – this is the outer and hardest part of the tooth that has the most mineralized tissue in the body. It can be damaged by decay if teeth are not cared for properly.

  • Dentin – this is the layer of the tooth under the enamel. If decay makes it through the enamel, it next attacks the dentin — where millions of tiny tubes lead directly to the dental pulp.

  • Pulp – this is the soft tissue found in the center of all teeth, where the nerve tissue and blood vessels are located. If tooth decay reaches the pulp, you usually feel pain and may require a root canal procedure.