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The major secret behind every dazzling smile is a set of beautiful teeth. These are the smiles that light up the room. But the ultimate secret behind this major secret is the practice of good oral habits. The kind that involves taking care of your oral health full time. 

Here are some habits that are sure to brighten your smile today:

1. Brush Twice Daily

It is a good habit to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Once when you get out of bed, and once just before you go to sleep, and after any meal that has a lot of sugar. 

Brushing regularly helps keep harmful bacteria away from your teeth. It also helps you clean any unwanted food particles that get stuck to your teeth. Besides that, brushing contributes to giving you a fresh breath.

When you brush, run your toothbrush in small circles around your teeth. Do this for both sides of your teeth for two minutes. Be careful not to brush too vigorously so you don’t damage your gums. And after you have used your toothbrush for three months, replace it with a new one. 

Getting an electric toothbrush is also very effective in getting rid of unwanted plague.

2. Don’t Forget To Floss Daily

Many people remember to brush their teeth daily, which is good, but they often forget the essence of regular flossing, which is bad. Toothbrushes are great for cleaning the sides of your teeth, but they can’t get to the tight spaces in between the teeth. Only floss can get this job done.

When you don’t floss, dirt starts to accumulate in between your teeth, ruining your smile and damaging your teeth. This dirt is called plaque, and it is not friendly at all. And when plaque gets too much, it hardens and forms tartar. 

While you can easily get rid of plaque by flossing, you would need to visit your dentist to get rid of tartar. And if you don’t go on time, tartar could lead to cavities, bone loss, and gum diseases. You might even lose a tooth to tartar.

3. Eat Less Sugar

Sugar is sweet, but it doesn’t do much good to your teeth. Taking too much of it is inviting trouble into your body and your oral health. If you want to have a healthy smile, avoid foods that have too much sugar, high starch content, and acidic beverages. 

Orange juice and lemonades have enough acid in them to damage your teeth. And if you absolutely can’t do without these foods, snacks, or beverages, rinse out your mouth with a mouth rinse immediately after you eat them. 

If you just took acidic beverages, don’t brush your teeth immediately afterward. Rinse your mouth instead. This is because acids can soften your gums when they get into your mouth. So when you run your brush across your softened gums, you are distressing the poor gums further.

4. Avoid Tobacco and Coffee

Smoking exposes your teeth to the horrors of oral diseases that even the best toothpastes might be powerless to save them from. Smokers are much more likely to get gum diseases than non-smokers. 

You have a choice to make between a healthy, dazzling smile and smoking. Tobacco and other tobacco-based products can facilitate the development of gum diseases and bad breath. It also increases your chances of getting oral cancer. 

Smoking makes your gums pull back from your teeth, weakening and exposing them to diseases. Even if you ported to smokeless tobacco brands, it is no better with them. A lot of smokeless tobacco brands use sweeteners that have sugar in them. And that makes you guilty of habit number three up there.

Also, coffee stains your teeth. Take coffee for too long and your teeth take the shades of your coffee. And I think you would agree with me that the color of coffee isn’t what you want on your teeth.

5. Chew Sugarless Gum

Sugarless gum is a perfect way to clean your teeth without having to brush your teeth. It is not meant to replace brushing your teeth twice daily, though. 

When you chew sugarless gum, it rubs against the walls of your teeth to clean it. It also promotes the production of saliva, which then washes away whatever the chewing gum must have cleaned.

6. Pay Regular Visits To the Dentist

Don’t limit your visits to the dentist to only two times a year. Double it to about four times instead. 

Let your dentist do a proper checkup on the health state of your teeth so they can easily detect anything that’s not right before it becomes major. 

Conclusion

Practice these six things until they become your habit. And when they become your habit, bright smiles become your thing.

We have all been taught about the vital importance of good oral hygiene since early childhood. Even very young children learn about good tooth brushing habits, starting in day care and kindergarten sessions. Although, on early trips to the dentist, we were instructed to brush with a circular and vertical motion and to brush the gum line carefully, many of us still select toothbrushes according to the type of bristles we personally prefer rather than following expert dental advice concerning brushes.

Soft bristles vs. hard bristles—which is the better choice for practicing good dental hygiene? Since most people today use both electric and manual brushes for cleaning and polishing their teeth, it is important to choose the best bristle type for both, especially because you will be using them faithfully each day.

Toothbrushes with nylon bristles first arrived on the consumer market in the late 1930s when there was very little variety in toothbrush models. Today, pharmacies, convenience stores and even small travel and gift boutiques carry a wide selection of oral hygiene products including multiple toothbrush styles, sizes and shapes. Whether you need a new disposable (manual) brush or an electric (powered) one, you can easily find a good selection right in your neighborhood.

Due to the fast-paced daily lifestyles that many people have today, it is easy to neglect replacing toothbrushes when their bristles become worn and shaggy. We often pay more attention to replacing the batteries in our powered brushes first since without power, they will cease to function. Yet the bristles of electric toothbrushes need periodic replacement, just like our manual ones do, so your toothbrushes should be prominent items on your most essential grooming aids list for regular discarding and replacing, as needed.

Practical Tips for Selecting a New Toothbrush 

Type of Bristles

When you visit your local pharmacy or convenience store to buy a replacement head for your electric toothbrush or to choose a new manual brush, you will most likely find a display of brushes with soft, medium and hard bristles. Most consumers choose a brush with soft nylon bristles for comfortable daily use, especially if you tend to brush vigorously. Unless you have unusually strong teeth and gums, you may damage your gums and the root surface of your teeth or your tooth enamel when using bristles that are too firm.

For this reason, a soft-bristle brush is the safer choice. Using a brush with soft, pliable, less abrasive bristles; you can brush briskly and thoroughly without having to worry about causing harm to teeth or gums. It is also best to choose a toothbrush designed with rounded-tip bristles, which will also protect your gum line and tooth surfaces from damage due to overzealous brushing habits. After any dental procedure or surgery, your dental specialist will give you instructions for brushing your teeth or rinsing your mouth while gums and tissues heal.

Toothbrush Size

You should choose a toothbrush with a head that you can easily maneuver around inside your mouth to access all your teeth surfaces. For adults, a brush head measuring one half-inch in width and one inch tall is generally easy and effective for regular use. Although larger brush heads may look more effective, they can be difficult to position, especially for reaching the back molars or wisdom teeth (if you still have them).

Choose a toothbrush model with a handle of enough length for comfortable handling and operation. Beware of those convenient manual travel brushes with detachable handles. When cleaning your teeth with these brushes, the handles can easily become detached, which can present a slight danger of choking on the brush itself. Although the likelihood of choking for adults is slight, children may be in greater danger when brushing with these two-piece manual models.

If you want assurance that your favorite choice among toothbrushes has passed thorough and rigorous quality control testing for high degrees of safety and efficacy, ask your dentist for advice on top performance models. You can also check the packaging of brushes for sale in your neighborhood stores to determine which ones have gained official approval from the American Dental Association (ADA). All brushes approved will display the ADA Seal of Approval on their external packaging and product information inserts.

Common Mistakes in Tooth Brushing Habits

After choosing the right toothbrush design for safe, healthy cleaning and maintenance of your teeth and gums, check with your dentist or dental hygienist to ensure that you are using healthy brushing techniques. Common mistakes that many people of all ages make when brushing their teeth with both manual and electric brushes include the following:

Brushing Too Vigorously

We all need to remember that brushing harder is not necessarily better. If fact, scrubbing your teeth can be harmful to your tooth enamel and gums. Especially if you have the habit of scrubbing when you brush your teeth, focus on the mental image of massaging rather than scrubbing. There is really no need to scour your teeth like you are cleaning the tile flooring, your bathtub or shower walls. Since dental plaque is soft and pliable, by thoroughly, but gently massaging your teeth and gums and penetrating beneath the gum line with your soft-bristle brush, you will see much better results than any amount of scrubbing will produce.

Neglecting the Gum Line

Because bacteria can collect along your gum line, it is necessary to brush along and just beneath the gum line. Many dentists recommend using your soft-bristle brush at the gum edge, bending and extending the bristles underneath the gums. If you position your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gum line, this process will be easier. While still in the ‘mouth-cleansing mode’, be sure to brush your tongue as well. When you finish, your teeth will be sparkling clean, and your entire mouth will feel revitalised and refreshed.

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