Our smile can reveal a lot about us and, specifically, a lot about our dental hygiene. There’s no denying that those who tend to their teeth several times a day and never skip their flossing routine usually have a healthier smile than others – but they may be utilising a few other tips and tricks as well.
If you’d like to keep your smile as bright and white as possible, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a handful of ways to make sure that your teeth are as healthy as possible for longer so that you can save yourself the dental expenses as well as the pain of having problems with your teeth.
They won’t go Colgate-white overnight but, as long as you keep it up until they fall out for good, you can feel confident that you’re taking proper care of them.
First: Floss correctly
You probably know very well that brushing your teeth is vital to keep their surfaces clean – but brushing is really not enough for cleaning in between each tooth. That’s why you need that floss and why you should be flossing at least once a day.
Even if you are doing your best to floss in the evenings, you might not be doing it correctly, though. Spend some time on it and wrap the floss around each tooth as you work your way throughout the mouth.
Pay extra attention to your molars at the back of your mouth, by the way, as space might be rather tight and more difficult to clean; you can have a look at this article for a step-by-step guide to flossing like a pro.
Next: Don’t drink or eat before or after brushing
That you shouldn’t eat anything after brushing your teeth seems obvious enough – but try to keep in mind that you should wait at least 30 minutes after eating before you brush as well.
This is because the acidity that is created in our mouth while eating may be damaging to your teeth if you brush them straight away so it’s better to give them some time first in order to keep them healthy.
If you have already lost a tooth or two during your life, you should look into getting a dental implant, by the way, so that you can smile with confidence again. Tooth loss can happen due to age, dental problems, or because of an accident so don’t be afraid to have this taken care of as soon as possible; we were, after all, born toothless and will probably end up rather toothless with time as well.
Remember to rinse with water
Water is your best friend when you want to keep your mouth clean throughout the day. Keep a glass next to your bed at night as well, by the way, as a dry mouth tends to be more prone to attacks from bacterias.
Give your mouth a good rinse after you’ve had a cup of coffee and when you wake up during the night in order to keep it as clean and healthy as possible.