We all grow up knowing the basics of brushing our teeth. Brush, floss and rinse, twice a day. It makes it seem like oral health is basic and easy.
But that's not the case. The demand for perfect A-lister gnashers is on the increase. Without paying for specialist treatment there are things you can do to keep your breath fresh, tongue fuzz-free, teeth white and your gums healthy.
Take a look at these tips to make sure that you’re always confident when it comes to your smile.
Watch What You Eat.
Everyday things, tea, coffee, red wine, smoking and colourful rich foods like curry can all stain your teeth and make them less than white. Make sure you remember to brush your teeth after enjoying such treats or eat teeth whitening foods like strawberries, cucumbers or spearmint. Soft drinks can also be a huge culprit for yellow teeth- stop them from eating away at your teeth by always remembering to drink dark coloured and acidic drinks through a straw. A reusable one, of course.
Do The Right Thing
Make sure that you are brushing your teeth correctly. Manual brushing is shown not to be as effective for you as using an electric one. Now a staple in many homes, an electric toothbrush won't break the bank and its a great way to ensure your teeth and breath look and feel their best. Brush correctly. Make sure you're brushing in a circular motion and don't neglect your tongue or back molars.
Try A Tongue Scraper
Yep, Sounds rough but reports show that a lot of bad breath such as halitosis is caused by bacteria that breeds on our tounges and throats. Invest in a tongue scraper as a way to remove some of the build up and gunk your toothbrush may not be able to remove.
Rinse With a Great Mouthwash
Not all mouthwashes were created equal, just ask your dentist like those at DFY dental. For example, if you have dry mouth, avoid mouthwashes like Listerine that have a high alcohol content as a product that contains such high levels of alcohol will only stand to dry out your mouth and make your bad breath worse. If you have gum problems like gingivitis be sure to look for specialist medicated mouthwashes that are made to tackle problem mouth concerns.
Enjoy Teeth Friendly Foods
Refreshing and crisp foods such as celery, carrots, apples and pears are all foods that can all help your mouth stay clean and healthy. If you're unable to clean your teeth right after eating, eating these at the end of your meal can help. If you're not able to eat something like that then there's always a stick or piece of chewing gum that can help freshen and clean in a hurry.
Love T x