How to easily keep your smile at its best
A beautiful smile starts with integrating some good habits to your daily routine. It’s not difficult, the only thing you have to do is remember them. So if you want to know how to take ownership of these little tips and tricks, keep reading!
Avoid the food that stains your teeth
We all want to keep our teeth white. That means we have to make a few sacrifices and avoid as much as possible some foods that could turn our smile yellow. Acidic foods like citrus fruits, tomatoes, coffee (obviously) and wine (sad!) can alter the pH balance of the mouth and can erode the enamel, making any foods and beverages you consume afterward damaging to the teeth, leading to staining and discolouration. Cookies, hard candy, chips and sugar-laden beverages also let sugar into your mouth and which bacteria feed off from, releasing damaging acids that cause tooth decay.
Floss. Every day.
You probably don’t want to, but here’s why you should do it at least every day.
You know the areas between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach? Well, flossing will remove plaque from those areas, which if not done, can eventually harden into calculus or tartar, leading to gum disease. We don’t want to be overdramatic, but if you don’t take care of that, there’s also evidence that periodontal bacteria can attach to the fatty plaques in blood vessels and set off an inflammatory process, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. So let’s not get to this point and floss!
Use therapeutic mouthwash
Did you know that not all mouthwashes are made equal? Essential oils, chlorhexidine, cetylpyridinium chloride and fluoride are all additional active ingredients that are proven to reduce plaque or fight cavities. These benefits make therapeutic mouthwash a lot more effective than the regular one.
Check your mouth regularly
Checking your mouth on a daily basis helps prevent situations that could easily get worse. It’s really easy to do and takes literally no time, so here is what to look out for: shiny, swollen, painful or sensitive gums, which are ones of the many signals of gum disease. Also, blood when brushing or flossing should also ring a bell. Finally, keep an eye on a persistent bad breath. It might mean that there’s something wrong going on in there.