Written by Beth Jones
Your smile is your best feature. A natural smile shows true beauty and happiness. And if you want your smile to shine and gleam, you need perfect white teeth. It all starts with good oral hygiene and a simple teeth routine. We spoke to a series of dentists to find out how you can look after your teeth every single day. Their advice is simple, easy to follow, and needn’t take up too much time. The benefits of spending a few extra minutes on your teeth is well worth the effort. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Brush twice a day
Brushing your teeth is the most simple and effective part of your oral health routine. Make sure you replace your toothbrush regularly (about every six weeks). That keeps it in good shape and makes sure it’s effective. Try to use a fluoride toothpaste. This helps protect your enamel and actively reduces the likelihood of cavities. If possible, try to brush immediately after having a meal. This helps clear the teeth of dangerous food, and keeps your pearly whites white!
Every dentist will tell you that flossing is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. Yet we’re all guilty of ignoring the flossing process. Trust us, it’s worth taking the extra minute to get deep into the teeth. Floss reaches all the areas that brushing can’t. That means you’ll dislodge small bits of food and clean the surface of the teeth effectively. It’s the only way to get rid of stubborn plaque and the buildup of bacteria. Take it slow if you’re new to flossing, and curve the floss down each side of your tooth.
After brushing and flossing, use a mouthwash to clear away any remaining food. Mouthwash will kill off any bacteria, leaving your mouth with a clean fresh feeling. If you want to get a thorough cleanse, you can gargle the mouthwash to attack bacteria near your throat. However, don’t swallow the mouthwash as it may have adverse effects on your stomach.
Visit your dentist
A core part of your oral health is regular visits to the dentist. They’ll check that everything is clean and growing naturally. They may advise a particular product to help improve your oral routine. They may also do a clinical clean to help remove any growing plaque. If there are deeper problems with your teeth, you may be referred to an orthodontist. They handle everything from braces to realignment.
Eat a healthy diet
Before we go, don’t forget about your diet. Naturally, what you put in your mouth plays an important part in your oral health. Dentists tend to advise cutting down on the amount of sugar you eat. Sugars actively erode the teeth and ultimately cause cavities. Try to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables you consume. In particular, apples are often referred to as ‘nature’s toothpaste’. Finally, try to give up smoking as this can stain teeth irreversibly.
Your oral health is as important as any other part of the body. Follow this advice, and keep your pearly whites shining.