We all want a bright and beautiful smile, but it can be hard to keep our teeth looking their best. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the Top 5 Tips for keeping your teeth white and healthy! With these helpful tips, you’ll be smiling brighter in no time.
Number one is: start taking flossing. Seriously. Flossing is arguably more important than brushing and here’s why.
Flossing is the only way to clean in between your teeth where food and bacteria get caught and lead the way to cavities. More importantly, flossing prevents gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Dentists recommend flossing at least once a day. It really doesn’t matter when just do it. I actually like to have little floss picks lying around. I actually liked the best to have them in the car on the coffee table at work so I can just floss whenever is convenient for me. One other thing about flossing is making sure that you’re doing it correctly.
When you floss, make sure that you follow a C shape along with the shape of the tooth. So you stick your floss in mouth and you brush up against the two and pull it this way and then do it on the other side and pull it against that tooth.
And another really important thing is making sure that you’re not flossing too aggressively. This can actually damage your gums. Don’t be surprised if there is a little bleeding. If you are just getting back into a flossing routine, this will stop after you start flossing more regularly.
Brush TWICE a DAY
Number two is get your brushing up to twice a day. If you really want to stop cavities brushing removes plaque and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth. The longer your teeth go in between brushing, the more at risk they are of developing cavities.
Brushing your teeth before bed is especially important because you don’t want your teeth sitting in that bacteria and plaque all night long. Again in the morning, at least out of common courtesy for your friends who you get in conversation range with.
The Proper Way to Brush Your Teeth
First thing is be gentle. Your teeth don’t need to be punished and you can actually damage your enamel and your gums by brushing too hard. If you’re using a manual toothbrush, you should be going in small circles on the outside of your teeth and you should be going back and forth on the occlusal side of your teeth.
If you have an electric toothbrush, that doesn’t really matter as much because the vibration or oscillation is doing the work for you.
Either way, it’s really important to get all of these surfaces. That means that the front of the teeth, the side that touches your cheeks, the occlusal surface or biting surface and the insights of the teeth, that means the backs of the front teeth as well. A lot of people miss the back of the very last molar. Do not forget to brush your gums.
A lot of bacteria can get caught on the gums, especially where the team meets the company, so when you are brushing in those small circles or brushing with your electric toothbrush, make sure you get the gum line as well.
Also, make sure you brush your tongue. That’s where a lot of bad breath causing bacteria can hide and I like to brush my lips as well. I find it’s really good exfoliating and I don’t get check lips as often
Manual or electric, it should take you about two minutes to finish brushing your teeth to make sure that you get every surface thoroughly.
Soft Bristle Toothbrush
Number four is: your mouth deserves the very best. So unless you’ve been otherwise instructed by your dentist, please stop damaging your teeth and gums with hard bristles and old brushes. Your toothbrush manual or electric should have soft bristles and it should be replaced every two months.
What’s In Your Toothpaste?
Going to the Dentist
Last but not least, go to the dentist. Seriously go. The sooner you get regular cleanings and checkups, the sooner you can stop decay and save money.
Also at your exam, you should be asking questions and finding out from the hygienist and the doctor if there are any areas you can be brushing better or if you should be flossing more or using a particular mouthwash.
Well, those are my five ways to have wider and healthier teeth. And to sum it up, that was:
- brushed twice a day
- brush the right way
- the right toothpaste
- the right toothbrush
- go to the dentist
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Floss regularly: Flossing is essential in removing plaque and food debris that your toothbrush can’t reach. Make sure to floss at least once a day, preferably before bedtime
When it comes to oral hygiene, flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth. Not only does it help remove plaque and food debris that your toothbrush can’t reach, but it also helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. That’s why it’s crucial to floss regularly — at least once a day, preferably before bedtime.
Flossing may seem like a tedious task, but it only takes a minute or two to complete. Start by breaking off about 18 inches of dental floss and wrapping most of it around one of your middle fingers, leaving a small section for cleaning in between your teeth. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers and gently slide it up and down between each tooth, being careful not to snap it against your gums. Curve the floss into a C-shape around the base of each tooth, and gently scrape the sides of the tooth, moving the floss in an up-and-down motion. Don’t forget to floss the back of your last molars as well.
By flossing regularly, you’ll not only be cleaning your teeth but also improving your overall health. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause a variety of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and even diabetes. Flossing can help reduce the risk of these health conditions and keep your smile looking its best. So make sure to incorporate flossing into your daily routine and enjoy the benefits of a healthier mouth and body.
Limit consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks: Foods and drinks that are highly pigmented, such as coffee, tea, wine, and dark-colored berries, can cause surface stains on your teeth over time. To minimize the damage, try to consume them in moderation, or use a straw to minimize contact with your teeth
As someone who is passionate about oral hygiene, I highly recommend limiting the consumption of stain-causing foods and drinks. Not only can they lead to surface stains on your teeth, but they can also diminish the overall appearance of your smile. Some of the biggest culprits include coffee, tea, wine, and dark-colored berries.
Now, I know giving up your morning cup of coffee or afternoon glass of red wine might seem impossible, but hear me out. One way to minimize the damage is to consume these foods and drinks in moderation. Instead of drinking multiple cups of coffee throughout the day, try to limit yourself to one cup in the morning. And if you simply can’t resist that glass of wine with dinner, try to limit it to one or two glasses per week.
If you’re still struggling to cut back on these stain-causing foods and drinks, try using a straw. This will minimize the contact between the liquid and your teeth, which can help reduce the risk of stains. Plus, it’s a simple and easy fix that you can incorporate into your daily routine without too much hassle.
At the end of the day, taking care of your teeth is about finding a balance. You don’t have to completely eliminate these foods and drinks from your diet, but you should try to limit them and be mindful of their impact on your teeth. By taking a few simple steps, you can maintain a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come.
Proper brushing technique: One of the most important ways to keep your teeth clean and white is to ensure that you have the right brushing technique. Use a soft-bristled brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and gently brush in circular motions
, focusing on one or two teeth at a time. Avoid using too much pressure or scrubbing back and forth, as this can cause enamel erosion and gum recession. Instead, let the bristles do the work and hold the brush with a pencil grip to ensure controlled movements.
It’s also important to brush for at least two minutes, twice a day, to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth – the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and roof of your mouth, as bacteria can accumulate there and cause bad breath. For added freshness, use a fluoride toothpaste with a minty flavor.
When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, it’s important to consider the size and shape of your mouth. A smaller brush head may be more comfortable and easier to maneuver, while a larger brush head can cover more surface area in fewer strokes. Electric toothbrushes are also a good option, as they can remove more plaque and debris than manual brushing alone.
In addition to proper brushing technique, it’s important to floss daily and visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups. A healthy oral hygiene routine can not only keep your teeth looking and feeling great, but can also prevent cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. So don’t skimp on your brushing technique – take care of those pearly whites and keep smiling!