We all want to make sure our oral health is at its best, but we also want our teeth to sparkle. To help you make your smile as bright as possible, here are ten tips to help your teeth shine.
Clean your tongue
Use a tongue scraper (preferably a metal one if you can get one, as this means your gag reflex will not be triggered) every morning to remove tongue plaque and freshen your breath. A significant contributor to bad breath is the build up of bacteria on your tongue due to the rough surface of it, which daily tongue scraping will remove. A tongue scraper if more effective than cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush, and a teaspoon can be just as effective if you don’t want to buy one!
Go on a white-teeth diet
Drinking liquids of a dark colour, such as red wine, coffee and tea can cause surface stains on your teeth. This can also be caused by smoking. A rule of thumb is that if it’s dark before you put it in your mouth, it will probably stain your teeth. Avoiding these foods and drinks, or habits such as smoking, will prevent tooth discolouration. However, another way of avoiding surface stains without abandoning dark foods and drinks is to brush immediately after eating or drinking them, and use a good bleaching agent. Or, to quickly clean your teeth, eat an apple.
Practise flossing with your eyes closed
If you can floss without needing a mirror to guide you, you can floss anywhere: in the car, before a meeting, or at your nightstand. This means that even if you don’t have a chance to floss in the mornings, you can floss during the day to maintain your oral health.
Change your toothbrush
Changing your toothbrush or the head of your electric toothbrush on a regular basis prevents you from transferring bacteria into your mouth. Make sure to change your toothbrush/toothbrush head every 2-3 months, or after you’ve been ill.
Eat ‘detergent’ foods
Foods which are firm or crisp help to clean teeth whilst they’re being eaten. Apples, raw carrots, celery and popcorn are all examples of food which does this. If you know you won’t be able to brush your teeth after eating, make sure to eat these ‘detergent’ foods at the end of your meal to help clean your teeth.
Brush your teeth when you first get out of bed, and before you go to sleep at night
When you get out of bed and before you go to bed at night are the best times to brush your teeth, as saliva (which prevents plaque forming on teeth) dries up at night, and so it’s important to have clean teeth before you go to sleep to prevent plaque forming, and to brush any bacteria or plaque which may have built up overnight off your teeth in the morning.
To see if your breath is fresh, lick your palm and smell it whilst it’s wet. If you can smell something, have a sugar-free breath mint. If you are buying mouthwash for fresh breath, make sure it is alcohol free, as most mouthwashes contain too much alcohol, which can dry out the tissue in your mouth and make them susceptible to bacteria.
One of the most important ways of keeping your teeth healthy is to visit the dentist regularly – call us today on 0121 354 1922 to speak to a member of our friendly team and book your next appointment.