For many of us, our teeth can often take a backseat as we tend to look after other parts of ourselves first — and who likes going to the dentist for regular cleaning, other procedures and general checkups, anyway? We all want that perfect smile with gleaming and even dazzling teeth, but how to get it if we neglect our pearly not-so-whites?
The good news is that there are simple, everyday things we can all do to improve our teeth, and our smiles, and they really don’t take much effort — and they certainly won’t break the bank. Here are five you can work into your health routine every day and start down the path to a glorious, winning smile.
- Good Oral Hygiene
Great teeth starts with great oral hygiene, which begins with proper and regular brushing of your teeth. Let’s face it, many of us don’t even do this properly. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every time you eat — meals and snacks, especially — but it’s not always possible, especially if you’re on the move, you can’t get to a bathroom and you don’t have your toothbrush and toothpaste with you anyway. At the very least, aim for twice a day and make sure you give those teeth a good brushing, which means at least two minutes — instead of the two seconds many of us are guilty off.
Also floss your teeth regularly — bedtime is a good time to do it, as you’ll ensure there are not bits of food left stuck between the teeth that could cause dental problems later on. You should also use mouthwash — after every brushing or at least once a day — to kill off any bacteria, strengthen the teeth and help prevent tooth decay.
- Avoid Staining and Acidic Foods
Who among us loves grey and stained teeth? No one, right? Sadly, though, many of our favourite foods and drinks are killer stainers and can leave our otherwise pristine teeth badly discoloured. It’s really not possible to avoid having tea and coffee and maybe the odd glass of red wine, unless you want to just drink water for the rest of your life, and foods like curries and tomato, and other sauces, can also stain the teeth, while acidic foods such as lemons can erode the enamel.The solution is that when you do have them, make sure you rinse your mouth with water afterwards, and brush your teeth as soon as you can after drinking or eating foods that have the potential the stain.
- See a Teeth Whitening Specialist
Sometimes, there’s only so much you can do to look after your mouth and try to make sure your teeth are as white as possible, including using one of the many whitening toothpastes available in shops now — and yet they still end up off-white and you’re not happy with the result. So go to your local teeth whitening specialist and see what they suggest. These days, going to a teeth whitening specialist won’t set you back all that much, and they can carry out procedures in no time — meaning a quick trip to the dentist could mean a great new smile in a flash.
- Stop Smoking
Everyone knows the health risks associated with smoking cigarettes, and they also have a negative effect on your teeth, with all that tar and other toxic materials from tobacco smoke badly staining them and totally ruining your smile. Cigarette smoke can also cause gum disease, and mouth and other cancers, so if you’re a smoker, try to quit now (many are doing so with the help of e-cigarettes, and finding it’s easier than other cessation methods) and regain that great smile you once had.
- Watch What You Chew
Lots of us put things in our mouths that cause dental damage. Hard items like bones we’re trying to strip the meat off, popcorn kernels, boiled sweets, ice cubes and more — it can all have a detrimental effect on our precious teeth, which are durable and hard-wearing but nonetheless delicate and can easily chip and break. So be careful with what you chew, and never use your teeth to try to open packaging, cut sticky tape or anything else (including bite your fingernails).
Whether you go to a teeth whitening specialist or do it your own way at home, there are many ways to achieve great-looking teeth and an amazing smile.