Two ingredients and two minutes is all you need for a brighter smile.
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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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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