Want to keep your teeth look white and healthy? Here are a few toothcare tips for maintaining your pearly whites long into old age.
Brush up on your dental regime
Most of us don’t follow a good toothbrushing regime. You should ideally brush your teeth morning and night for two minutes each time. When brushing, you should brush in small gentle circles with the bristle at an angle towards the gums. Some people make the mistake of not brushing enough whilst others brush too hard – both can be harmful to your enamel. Make sure that you’re replacing your toothbrush every three to four months as the bristles are likely to be damaged and ineffective after this period.
Try different whitening methods
There are lots of methods of whitening one’s teeth that could keep your teeth sparkling. Whitening toothpastes are the most popular form of whitening – these toothpastes may contain ingredients such as activated charcoal or hydrogen peroxide that help to clean the teeth. There are also whitening chewing gums and whitening strips to try out. You can even invest in a professional form of whitening such as bleaching.
Book regular dentist check-ups
Booking regular appointments at the dentist can help you to spot problems early. You should try to visit a dentist once a year and make an appointment as soon as you get any kind of pain – waiting until a toothache is unbearable could result in an infection spreading and the potential loss of a tooth.
Consume less sugar
The most obvious way in which we can all protect our teeth is by consuming less sugar. Sugar helps to breed bacteria in our mouths which leads to faster decay. The biggest sugary offenders are soft drinks as these coat every surface of our mouths in sugar – try to drink less soft drinks and more water and milk. Alcoholic drinks such as wine are also often full of sugar, so consider cutting these drinks down too if you want to save your teeth.
Drink more water
Water is the best liquid for our teeth. It can help to prevent our mouths getting dry by encouraging the production of saliva, which in turn can help to fight bacteria in our mouths. We should all be drinking 8 glasses of water a day – this is the perfect amount of water to not just keep our mouth healthy but our entire body.
Smoking can have a serious negative impact on your oral health. Not only does it cause yellowing of the teeth, it can also increase your chances of gum disease and oral cancer. If you want to keep your mouth healthy, take steps to quit smoking. Whilst vaping can dry out the mouth and isn’t ideal for your oral health, it’s a lot healthier than smoking and it could be a good way of weaning yourself off. There are also other methods of quitting to consider such as nicotine patches and hypnosis.