Your teeth, and your oral health in general, are important parts of your appearance, as well as your overall health. Not only are they responsible for helping you chew and eat, but they can go a long way towards making or breaking your look. Good oral hygiene and oral care is something that we are not born with an innate understanding of, thus we need to be taught how to do it. If you are wondering how to maximize your smile, below are five tips for keeping your teeth healthy and bright.
If you drink a lot of red wine and black tea, or smoke a bunch of cigars or cigarettes, expect the results to show up on your teeth with the result being: not so white. Other major contributors to not so white teeth include colas, gravies, dark juices and other dark berries. If it’s dark and contains a lot of dye (natural or otherwise), it’s going to leave a stain.
It is a good idea to get rid of the toothbrush you are using once every two to three months. This is for two reasons. First, if you use a toothbrush for too long, all you are going to be doing is transferring new bacteria to your mouth every time you brush. Second, as the bristles become flattened over time, they are less and less effective at cleaning your mouth, particularly in between your teeth.
One of the major culprits when it comes to plaque and bad breath is a dirty tongue. Lots of people forget that a healthy tongue is part of overall oral health. Use the tongue scraper on the back of your toothbrush, or invest in a tongue scraper and use it on your tongue every morning in order to guard against bad breath and other oral health problems.
Detergent foods are those which are firm and crisp, so that they actually help to clean teeth as you eat them. Apples, raw, hard vegetables, and popcorn are all considered detergent foods. If you know you aren’t going to be able to brush right after eating, make a detergent food the last thing you eat in order to help compensate.
Do this in the morning and then brush afterwards. The vinegar is great at removing stains and killing bacteria in your mouth. Check with your dentist before doing this to make sure that the acid in the vinegar isn’t going to be enamel damaging.
It takes some effort to keep your smile bright and clean. By simply cutting out certain foods and stain culprits, taking care of your brushing and cleaning tools and making sure you are hitting all those hard to reach places, you can do a lot to improve the whiteness and brightness of your smile, drawing people’s attention to your teeth for all the right reasons.