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