The only way to have a great smile is proper oral hygiene with good dietary habits. Here’s some tips to help you keep or get that beautiful bright smile.
- Avoid Staining Your Teeth
Want pearly whites? Avoid any dark food or drink items which are prone to stain and darken your teeth. Excessive intake of dark food and drink items such as wines, coffee and tea scan cause staining of teeth. Red wines produce tooth-discolouring pigments. Reds and white wines both contain acid, which can erode enamel and can cause stains from other foods or drinks to penetrate more deeply. Other thing is there is dryness of the mouth due to tannins present in red wine. Smoking is another main culprit.
- Limit Sugar in Food
Be careful of the sugars that are hidden in foods. Try to switch out sugary foods and drinks for fruits and water. It’s no secret sugar is the cause for cavities. According to Colgate.com, each time you consume foods and drinks that contain sugars or starches, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack your teeth for 20 minutes or more. That’s more of a reason to ease up on the sugar is you ask me.
It is recommended that you floss once a day. Food and plaque can be found between our teeth in those hard to reach spaces that our toothbrush just can’t quite get to. Flossing prevents that leftover junk from staying embedded between the teeth and hardening into tartar or calculus. It doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after your meal, just do it.
- Learn to Brush the Right Way
It should normally takes 2 minutes to brush each time. You should be holding the brush at a 45 degree angle while brushing lightly against your teeth and gums. Pressing down too hard could damage the outer shell of the teeth, also known as enamel. Use a soft toothbrush and brush twice a day especially after meals. Don’t neglect the back teeth and tongue.
- Replace Your ToothBrush
Change your toothbrush every four months. Old bristle could be hard and can cause damage to teeth and gums.
- Prevent Teeth Injuries
Ever use your teeth to open that stubborn package? Well stop! You are at risk for chipping or breaking your teeth. No more opening bottles, chewing ice, or anything of that nature. Your teeth should be just for chewing food. Avoid hard or frozen candy or foods. Also, when participating in sports, wear a mouth guard to protect against trauma to your teeth.
- See your dentist
Many people fail to see a dentist each year. Most dental diseases can be prevented with regular hygiene appointments and good hygiene practices at home. The earlier any problem is detected the better. Some other reasons to visit your dentist include sensitive teeth to cold or hot temperatures, persistent bad breath, or spots or sores in your mouth that never seem to heal or go away. However, just going regularly is best because some symptoms aren’t as obvious. Dentist visits should occur at least twice a year.
- Use Mouthwash
Although not necessary, some mouthwashes can kill or reduce the bacteria in your mouth. Mouthwash also helps to freshen breath.
- Watch your diet
Proper nutrition helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. The nutrients and minerals in your diet help can help you fight or resist infections. Eating more fibrous food like vegetables and fruit is helpful and is best to avoid sugars. In drinks water is the best drink.
- Limit Alcohol
Drinking alcohol can lead to a reduction of saliva production by drying out the mouth. Saliva plays an important part in oral hygiene health as it is responsible for bathing the teeth and removing some plaque and bacteria that have accumulated on the surface of the teeth. The less plaque you have the less risk of any bacteria causing teeth decay. Just try to keep water on hand and rinse every so often.