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Find out how to take care of your teeth with these 5 top tips…
It’s important to look after your teeth because if you don’t, you could experience a lot of mouth pain and get a high bill from your dentist.
Teeth have a tough surface called enamel, which is white.
During the day, plaque forms on this enamel. Plaque is a sticky film that thrives on the food and fluids we put into our mouth. When plaque builds up and comes into contact with these substances, it has a chance to give us cavities and gum disease.
Here are some tips to keep your teeth, white, healthy, and clean:
Tip #1: Start by cutting out things that are bad for your teeth
Certain things, like red wine and cigarettes, can stain the enamel on your teeth and make your teeth yellow and discolored. Food and drinks that are very acidic or full of sugar can even damage the enamel on your teeth.
Some of the foods and drinks that stain or damage your teeth if eaten in large quantities include:
– Tea with tannin in it (these are dark in color)
– Coffee (though coffee has many health benefits)
– Red wine
– Dark fizzy drinks
– Soy sauce
– Balsamic vinegar
Try to cut out or cut down on unhealthy food and drinks, such as fizzy colas and sugar.
When you eat or drink something that could stain or damage our teeth, rinse out your mouth well with water afterwards and brush your teeth as soon as you can.
Tip #2: Use floss before brushing
Your toothbrush can do a good job of cleaning the outside of your teeth if you brush properly, but what about in between all your teeth? That’s where floss comes in.
Floss between all your teeth at least once a day before brushing. This removes food and anything else that may be stuck between your teeth, which feeds the plaque in your mouth and can cause cavities or gum disease.
Here’s a great guide on how to floss properly, even if you wear braces.
Tip #3: Brush properly twice a day
Be sure to brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day. The recommended times to brush are after breakfast and last thing at night, before you go to sleep.
Brushing helps to remove plaque on the teeth. It’s important to brush so often because plaque keeps on coming back, and you don’t want to give it time to cause tooth decay.
When brushing, use your toothbrush to brush the front, back and bottom of all your teeth. I use my electric toothbrush timer to be sure I spend enough time on each section of my mouth.
After brushing your teeth, run the brush over your tongue and along the insides of your cheeks, for extra cleaning.
Tip #4: Consider using mouthwash
You can rinse out your mouth with mouthwash if you want. A good mouthwash can help to disinfect the teeth, gums and tongue. It can also help to stop bad breath. Be sure to rad and follow the label on the bottle, which will tell you when to use the mouthwash and how long to swish it around your mouth.
You can always rinse your mouth with a cosmetic mouthwash during the day to freshen up. There are also antibacterial mouthwashes to use if you have an infection in the mouth.
Tip #5: See a professional
Nowadays, there are many things a dental professional can do to help you with stained, damaged, lost, or crooked teeth.
If you are self-conscious because you have an issue with your teeth and you have the money, then you can always see a cosmetic dentist. A cosmetic dentist is trained to make your teeth look good, based on what’s bothering you and what you want to do with your teeth.
Good mouth care should be part of your daily routine to take care of your teeth. If you want to track your teeth care habits, why not make a habit tracker in your bullet journal for this?
Limit your intake of food and drinks that damage or stain your teeth. Be sure to floss and brush twice a day.
If you’re struggling with confidence and need something fixed, then think about setting up an appointment with a professional cosmetic dentist, who should be able to help you with most issues.