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Two ingredients and two minutes is all you need for a brighter smile.
As adults, we can find ourselves lecturing our kids about brushing and flossing, wearing their retainers and refraining from biting open containers or removing tags with our teeth; my mum still nags my sister and I about these things. Most of us are hypocrites though because we would rather be covered in baby poo than admit the last time we went to the dentist to the kids.
I don’t need to tell you that teeth are important. Without them, or at least some of them, it would be very difficult to eat and you would probably hear the term ‘hillbilly’ thrown around more often than usual. Mouth health plays a huge role in overall health and is often overlooked, but are we taking the precautions to protect our teeth well and ensure good oral health?
These are all the things we should be doing to look after our teeth, but whether we actually do them or not is another question. Take a look at the list below and start adding these into your routine.
Brushing your teeth helps to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth that can cause decay. It also helps remove bacteria that causes bad breath, so you won’t have to worry when you lean in for a kiss. Your brushing movements should be circular and touch every tooth, including those at the far back, which are quite susceptible to cavities if not taken care of properly. If anything, brush your teeth to get rid of that furry feeling that covers your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day and you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months – changing with the seasons makes it easy to remember.
Colgate and Oral B advertisers love to tell us that brushing isn’t enough, and they’re not lying. Plaque gets stuck inbetween our teeth and around our gumline which can cause cavities and gingivitis. Gingivitis can mean bad breath, bleeding gums and gum inflammation, but flossing regularly will help your mouth health. If gingivitis is left, it can turn into periodontitis, which is gum disease.
Eating And Drinking Well
Not just a good idea for your figure, staying away from sugary snacks is also better for your teeth. Fizzy drinks are also one to avoid if you want to keep your teeth looking and feeling great. Staying away from sugars and starches that stick to your teeth is a great way to keep teeth healthy.
Quitting or not smoking will keep your teeth and mouth health in better condition. Smokers are also more likely to develop periodontitis as opposed to those who don’t smoke.
Prevention over cure people! Regular checkups and dental cleans keep your teeth and gums healthy. They also let you know if you have any warning signs and what you need to focus on. Getting regular checkups is much better than having to get a root canal when your teeth are decaying, therefore you should see your dentist at least once per year to make sure everything is looking good!
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Many of us resolved to make better habits for a happier and healthier version of ourselves in the New Year. However, our busy lives often mean our good intentions may slip to the wayside. Now that the year is well underway, what better place to keep your resolutions in check than with your smile? Oral-B expert and dentist Dr. Christopher Ho shares his tips to keep your teeth in top condition:
- Water is your friend: Drinking more water reduces the acid that causes tooth decay and helps keep the mouth clean. When we are dehydrated there is less saliva to neutralise acids which can lead to tooth erosion. Opt for tap water whenever you can for the added benefit of fluoride.
- Keep sticky sweets that cling to teeth to a minimum: Your mouth needs time for the saliva to neutralise the effects of sugary foods and help plaque prevention. So if you are going to eat sweet treats, try to avoid frequent snacking – one acid attack is less damaging than frequent attacks.
- Limit your intake of acidic drinks like soft drinks, sports drinks and fruit juices: These are not only high in sugar but contain acids that dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing holes or erosion. If you are going to have a sugary drink, one of the best ways to minimise the damage to the teeth is to use a straw.
- Excessive brushing, or brushing with bristles that are too hard can lead to gum recession and wear down tooth enamel. This can result in your teeth looking slightly discoloured – not whiter. Opting for a toothbrush with a pressure sensor and built in timer is the perfect tool to help prevent excessive brushing. The new Oral-B BLACK power toothbrush is engineered to perform like no other, and has a brush head and handle that are embedded with microchips that communicate with a wireless SmartGuide. This helps guide you to each quadrant of the mouth and signal when you are brushing too hard ensuring you look after your teeth in an optimal manner.
- To maintain a healthy smile all year round, doing the simple things like brushing and flossing is essential. To help strengthen your teeth and protect against cavities, use quality products to brush twice a day for two minutes. Oral-B is the #1 dentist–recommended toothbrush brand worldwide.
- Schedule regular visits to the dentist throughout the year: A regular check-up will help identify potential issues earlier and a professional clean will help remove built up plaque.
Getting a great celebrity smile isn’t difficult to achieve if you have a regular routine and the right tools at hand. We’re not talking about visits to the dentist to get that smile whitened, just a few inexpensive products that will work wonders on your teeth and won’t won’t break the bank.
Avoid food/drinks that stain your teeth
Often a difficult step to achieve, although try to moderate the amount of food and drinks that could cost you that white smile. Some foods that stain the teeth include red wine, coffee, dark juices, beetroot, etc. A great rule to remember, is if the food or drink stains your tongue, then it will surely stain your teeth as well.
Try a whitening toothpaste
Using a whitening toothpaste will help to keep your teeth looking whiter for longer. Look for products with the ingredient ‘sodium monofluorophosphate’ which actively aids in removing stains on teeth, and if used regularly, will prevent tooth decay. Colgate Optic White ($5.99) toothpaste has a whitening formula which dentists use to whiten teeth, specialised for everyday use and used best in conjunction with your usual oral routine.
Eat ‘detergent foods’
Detergent foods help to prevent cavities and assist in cleaning our teeth while we eat. Some great examples would include apples, broccoli and lettuce. They work as a plaque barrier, to actively clean the teeth and prevent stains from other foods.
Keeping to a regular oral hygiene routine will bring you sparkling white teeth in no time. Remember to brush twice a day, and of course never forget to floss your teeth. Flossing gets to the difficult places where brushing can’t always reach, and cleaning your tongue will eradicate bacteria which tends to spread around the mouth. Maintaining this routine is especially difficult for children, so why not try brushing your teeth at the same time, to make it easier for them to remember.
So those are our top tips to a whiter smile. How do you keep your teeth looking white and fresh?
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By Felicia Sapountzis