Studies have shown that one of the first things people notice about you is your smile, so it is only important that you keep your teeth clean and healthy. We understand that sometimes maintaining your pearly whites can be a hustle; however, you only get one set of adult teeth in your lifetime and it only takes a small commitment every day to save you from oral problems down the line such as bad breath, cavities and even decay. Here are 5 tips to help you properly maintain your oral hygiene so you can keep on smiling with confidence.
1. Brushing and Flossing
Brushing your teeth everyday may seem pointless when you consider that your teeth are always looking the same, but it’s small actions like this that is what’s keeping your teeth from rotting away. It is important that you brush your teeth at least twice a day because your mouth is the most bacteria infested part in your body, and brushing will help reduce the harmful bacteria from feeding on your teeth. Some tips on brushing your teeth include:
Use the right toothbrush: Make sure you are using a toothbrush that will effectively clean your mouth. If you want more clarity, we have written a guide to choosing the right toothbrush in a previous blog post. It is also recommended to replace your toothbrush every 1-3 months or so, making sure that worn out and damaged bristles are changed out.
Use a quality toothpaste: Picking the right toothpaste can be difficult because there are so many different types from so many different brands. You want a quality toothpaste that will do the job and if you’re seeking whiter teeth, try Bianco Smile’s charcoal toothpaste which is made from activated charcoal that will help absorb stains on your teeth.
Brushing your teeth for at least 2 minutes each time: To gain the maximum benefit of your brushing, the standard recommended time is at least 2 minutes in the morning and at night. Keep in mind that timing is just one side of the equation, you also need to make sure that you are effectively brushing your teeth and gums within that time.
Other than brushing, you also need to regularly floss your teeth which will help remove trapped bacteria that are stuck between your teeth. Mouthwash can also be helpful in removing bacteria, but don’t be too reliant on this itself. Using mouthwash after brushing would be ideal to flush any bad bacteria that could be left behind.
2. Don’t Forget About Your Tongue
If you’ve looked at your tongue every morning, you may notice that your tongue has a yellow or white layer of mucus on its surface. This is the result of bacteria multiplying while you were asleep during the night and if you don’t clean your tongue, the bacteria are just going to keep building up and spread around your mouth. So, if you aren’t already cleaning your tongue every day, you need to add it to your routine to stay hygienic.
To clean your tongue, you can use your toothbrush with a little bit of toothpaste and some toothbrushes even have tongue cleaners behind the head of the brush. You can also buy tongue scrappers which are specially designed to clean this mucus off your tongue keeping it fresh and clean.
3. Get Checked by The Dentist
Nobody likes a trip to the dentist but it’s important to have routinely check-ups to make sure that your teeth are healthy. Generally, if you’re making sure that you have a good oral health record and are committing every day to stay hygienic, it is only recommended that you get a casual dental check-up once every 12-24 months or so. If you are unsure, schedule an appointment for a check-up and ask your dentist how often you should be getting checked based on the status of your oral health. Your dentist can also give your mouth a complete deep clean to remove plaque and bacteria in the harder to reach places.
4. Keep Your Mouth Hydrated
One way to reduce bad breath is to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water will help wash down any excess substances in your mouth without leaving behind particles that feed bacteria such as sugar. Alcohol, coffee, sugary drinks and smoking are all contributors of dehydration for your oral system and should not be consumed excessively.
5. Eat healthy food
Finally, your diet is a factor you must consider for your general health but also specific to your oral health. Be conscious of the sort of foods that you are putting into your mouth and although it is sometimes hard to resist, you don’t want to excessively consume foods that are known to be bad for you especially recipes with high sugar content. A tip for strong healthy teeth is to add vitamin-rich foods to your diet containing calcium – these include cheese, almonds and leafy greens, as they are backed up by research to keep your enamel strong and healthy.
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