A recent study shows that 48% of Americans are so embarrassed by their smile that they’ve untagged themselves from photos on social media.
Your smile is one of your best features, so it’s only right that you take care of it.
Regular cleanings are an important part of good oral health, but what are some things you can do outside of the dentist’s office?
Here are some of the best ways to keep your smile healthy between cleanings.
Everyone knows that the best way to facilitate good oral health is by brushing twice per day.
But brushing in and of itself isn’t always enough, especially if you’re brushing the wrong way.
For best results, make sure you’re using a brush with soft bristles. A soft-bristled brush is comfortable to use and removes more plaque and bacteria than a brush with harder bristles.
You may want to pair your new toothbrush with a new toothpaste, as well.
Charcoal toothpaste might sound strange if you’ve never used it, but activated charcoal is great at removing stubborn grime around your teeth and gums.
Don’t forget to make sure you’re brushing for an appropriate amount of time. Two minutes is still the golden standard. That should give you enough time to brush the entire surface area of your teeth, as well as your tongue and gums.
If you’re eating or drinking a lot of sugary or acidic foods and beverages, you’re not doing your smile any favors.
While everything is fine in moderation, certain foods are more harmful to your pearly whites than others.
Coffee is the biggest offender. It may serve as a delicious pick-me-up in the mornings, but if you’re not vigilant about brushing, that cup of coffee may stain your teeth.
As far as other beverages go, try to limit your intake of soda and alcohol. Both are rich in sugar, slowly damage your tooth enamel, and can permanently change your smile.
Next time you’re looking for a snack, steer clear of candies and citrus fruits. As delicious as they are, their acidic properties make them your smile’s worst enemy.
When thinking about our smiles, we often forget about our gums, but healthy gums are as important to your smile — if not more — than white teeth.
Gum disease can lead to several troublesome issues that extend beyond the mouth. Aside from the pain and discomfort caused by puffy, swollen gums, gum disease is a major indicator of heart disease.
Make sure to brush your gums and look for any signs of swelling, bleeding, or tenderness. If you note any of these, contact your dentist.
These tips will help keep your smile healthy, but they aren’t as effective without regular cleanings and visits to your dentist.