Teeth are extremely important to us. They help us enjoy our favourite foods, speak, sing, and can also be used as an excellent weapon if needed. While our gnashers have evolved over time for our modern eating habits, it is some of those very habits that have threatened to destroy the health of our chompers.
While perfect teeth will mean something different to many, this piece will discuss the fundamentals you will need to enjoy your teeth for the rest of your life – since you cannot grow a new set!
A ‘once around’ with a toothbrush just is not enough to keep your teeth in good condition. You need to be removing all traces of plaque, or as close to as possible, to prevent the breakdown of your tooth enamel, and inevitably – decay.
We now know the benefits of using an electronic toothbrush over a manual toothbrush, as they are much better at getting out the plaque sitting in those nooks and crannies, but if you only do have access to a manual brush – it is not a hopeless affair!
Just make sure to brush your teeth for an adequate amount of time and be sure to get right to the back of your molars, where food can stay hidden. You can use a special small toothbrush for this if your toothbrush head is too big!
Floss, Floss, and Floss
There is something about floss that has always been presented as an afterthought, a sort of optional extra for those who are really into dental hygiene, but that is not the case at all. Flossing is actually essential to your oral health. You cannot possibly reach the plaque between your teeth with either an electric or a manual toothbrush, so you need to floss to get right in there. If you leave food and sugars to fester in between your teeth, do not be surprised when you start to get cavities on the outside of your tooth, near to joining the other.
Cut Down on Dark Substances
For those who want that pearly white Hollywood smile, the first thing you need to do might not sound very fun. Cutting down on cola, tea, coffee, wine, and smoking will all help improve the appearance of your teeth and help avoid staining, which gives teeth that yellowing look. If you must have these various vices, then try and use sugar free gum after and follow glasses of wine and coke with a glass of water to help wash away some of the residual. This should help keep your teeth from being tarnished too much.
There are some products available on the market that can help remove stains that already exist, but it is best to check with your dentist or a professional company such as Sensational Smiles what the best course of action should be, as some products can be too abrasive on your enamel.
It is worth mentioning that natural healthy teeth are not bright white, they are actually a pale yellow to cream, so there is no need to worry if you cannot get them very white naturally – they are perfect as they are.