If you want to avoid too many visits at the dentist’s office and encourage the better health of your teeth and gums then these easy tips will help you in the long run.
Floss First Or Brush First?
Flossing first helps make brushing your teeth more effective by removing food that gets trapped between teeth. If handling floss flusters you, look for floss holders at your local pharmacy. When brushing, the British Dental Health Foundation advises tilting the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, then brushing gently, using small circular movements.
Take Care With Toothpicks
If you don’t have floss, a toothpick will work to remove food stuck between teeth, but be gentle. It’s easy to press too hard and damage your gums, or even worse, break off a toothpick below the gum line. Floss is better at removing food from between teeth than a toothpick and fights plaque buildup by getting rid of bacteria that form there. Regularly using a toothpick to remove food trapped in a single area may indicate a bigger problem that requires a dentist’s attention.
Replace Your Toothbrush
Toothbrush bristles fray, flatten and wear down over time. To help keep your smile bright, the NHS suggests replacing your manual toothbrush every three months. For electric toothbrush heads, follow the manufacturer’s advice. Feeling unwell? Avoid harboring germs by replacing your toothbrush at the beginning and end of your illness.
Say Cheese For White Teeth!
The casein and whey protein in cheese may help maintain healthy tooth enamel by reducing demineralization. A bonus: cheese also has vital, tooth-building calcium. Don’t forget to include vitamin D in your diet, which helps your body absorb calcium. A few vitamin D-rich foods include milk, egg yolks, and oily fish.
Stop Stains With Baking Soda
If your love of tea, coffee, red wine or other teeth-staining food and drink are dimming your pearly whites, try brushing baking soda on your teeth twice a month. Apply as you would toothpaste, then rinse away to help brighten your smile. If plain baking soda irritates your teeth or gums, you may want to try a toothpaste that contains baking soda or avoid it completely. The available teeth whitening products in the form of trays and pens are effective as well. You can opt for a product that has clinically tested ingredients that help brighten your teeth; Best Brite Smile has these ingredients and can give great whitening results in just a few days after use.