People say making first impressions are important. A big part of that first impression is your smile. The healthy, perfect-looking smile isn't an overnight project; it requires creating and maintaining healthy habits and methods. We've highlighted ten tips for dental care to help you keep that dazzling smile that everyone loves.
TIP #1 – BRUSH PROPERLY: Brush often enough, at least twice a day and especially after dinner, for a minimum of 2 minutes each time. Brushing your teeth often will keep your teeth whiter and healthier. Also, apply the right technique: use small and gentle strokes on no more than two teeth at a time and brush at a 45-degree angle. Remember to brush the tongue and both the inner and outer surfaces of the teeth.
TIP #2 – TOOTHBRUSH: Electric toothbrushes are clinically proven to be more effective for plaque removal. Avoid hard bristles to prevent gums from receding or eroding the enamel. Rinse the toothbrush after each use and let it air-dry. If you decide to cover the brush, use a cover that lets in air, to avoid breeding bacteria. Change toothbrushes every few months.
TIP #3 – FLOSS: Floss daily to remove particles and germs from between teeth and around the gum lines. Wrap the floss around each tooth and gently slide it up and down under the gum lines two to three times. Regular and proper flossing will prevent decay and gingivitis.
TIP #4 – STOP SMOKING: Tobacco stains teeth, damages healthy gum and makes it difficult to reverse gum disease. You may have heard quite a lot for other unrelated health matters, but here's one more reason to stop smoking.
TIP #5 – CHOOSE THE RIGHT DENTAL CARE PRODUCTS: Choose whitening products and other oral hygiene products like mouthwash and tongue scrapers carefully. It helps to pick products that have been approved by the dental association in your country. ,br> TIP #6 – DRINK MORE WATER: Water is good for your whole body, and is generally recommended as the healthiest drink. For your teeth, water flushes out particles and prevents tooth decay. Clean tap water is recommended (where available) because it contains recommended fluoride levels which is also good for your teeth.
TIP #7 – FORTIFY YOUR BODY WITH TEETH-FRIENDLY NUTRIENTS: Your teeth and gums require calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B complex, as well as copper, zinc, iodine, iron, and potassium, to stay healthy and strong. You can take supplements for these nutrients, but milk, orange juice, broccoli, and cheese are healthy sources as well.
TIP #8 – REDUCE INTAKE OF THESE BEVERAGES: Coffee, tea, and red wine stain your teeth. Beyond the surface, they also soak into the enamel. Drinking with a straw may help reduce the risk of discoloration and tooth decay.
TIP #9 – AVOID LATE-NIGHT SNACKING: Once you've brushed for the night, there should be no more eating or snacking, no matter how little. Otherwise, sugar and other food particles will stay for too long on your teeth, thus allowing bacteria to breed and cause decay and other dental issues.
TIP #10 – MAKE DENTAL CARE A ROUTINE: Have routine cleanings at least twice annually to promote that great smile. If you notice a problem, see a dentist immediately; delays and home remedies may worsen the condition over time. Make someone's day better today; give them a clean, pleasant smile.