To add on to Systema's inforgraph up top, we are including some other pointers that might guide you to preserve your teeth better.
Good behavior in general -
- Try to rinse (with water is better than none) after every meal
- Carry a floss if possible so that you can get those stubborn food debris that is stucked in between your teeth out
- Drink water instead of soft drinks
Say Yes to food lilke...
- High fibre natural greens like fruits & vegetables, because they will act as organic "toothbrushes" to help " scrub off stubborn food debris in your mouth.
- Dairy products like milk, cheese, goat's milk and so on.. because they provide calclum and phosphates which helps to strengthen your teeth. But yet again, they WILL NOT replace the good'ol toothpaste
- Xylitol - Numerous studies have confirmed that xylitol is an effective way to prevent tooth decay and fight cavities. It's efficacy however, is dose-related, hence care must be taken to use products with adequate dose levels. Several different national dental associations have endorsed xylitol as a tool to support good dental health. One study published in the Journal of Dental Research in 2006 concluded that daily use of xylitol lowered streptococci levels by ten times as much as those that did not. Limiting sugar intake is also a good way to prevent cavities and maintain healthy teeth and gums and xylitol is a tasty, healthy alternative. Read more about Xylitol Here
Say No to food like... (although occasional indulgence is alright, as long as you adhere back to the "generally good behavior up top"
- Carbonated Drinks because they contain tooth-eroding acids and high sugar content, even canned iced teas contains flavor-enhancing organic acids which can erode tooth enamel!
- Not-so-healthy Vitamins especially chewable vitamins are not that good for your teeth necause they contains concentrated acids that will tend to stick on chewing surfaces of the teeth
- Dried Fruits although touted as healthy snacks, their sugar level are high and as the water is dried away, their gummy texture can cling to your teeth. Dried fruits are also packed with non-soluble cellulose fiber which can bind and trap sugars on and around your teeth, making it actually worse than candy!
- Starchy foods can also easily lodged between teeth and in crevices while not necessrily sweet, starch converts to sugar almost immediately