Oral Health Care: Ancient vs. Modern
You wake up every morning and brush your teeth dutifully because you know it’s necessary for good oral health. It’s become a habit that you do without question.
But consider the fact that history tells us ancient people didn’t brush and didn’t get cavities. How is that possible?
The Answer Is in Your Diet!
Until the early 1900s, we didn’t have access to processed foods. Instead, our ancestors consumed natural diets rich in nutrients that made their teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities. Ancient diets also consisted of a lot of fibrous foods that were not only good for digestion but also carried off bacteria and plaque to keep teeth clean.
Today, our diets are filled with sugary foods that quickly cause cavities if you don’t brush consistently after eating. We also consume a lot of carbonated beverages, some of which are highly acidic and lead to demineralization and cavities.
Smoking is another habit that is very bad for your oral health. Smokers develop more dental plaque than non-smokers, which speeds the process that leads to gum disease. And since smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, gum infections don’t heal.
Oral Health Care in a Modern World
It is possible to achieve a healthy smile even with a modern diet, but it requires a commitment.
- Brushing and Flossing – Thorough and consistent oral hygiene are essential if you want to prevent cavities. Brushing carries off plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, and flossing helps ensure that plaque between teeth is also removed.
- A Healthy Diet – Instead of a diet heavy in processed foods, opt for healthier choices like fibrous fruits and vegetables and natural grains that keep you and your teeth healthy.
- Routine Dental Appointments – Semi-annual exams and cleaning appointments are essential for a healthy smile because they allow us to stay a step ahead of problems.
Call Your Lewes, DE Dentist Today!
If you want tips for keeping your smile healthy, please call our office to arrange a convenient appointment.