Let’s face it: your teeth are one of the first things anyone will notice about you.
The trouble is, some people might have teeth they aren’t proud to show off to the world, and so many of those individuals offer nothing more than a weird grimace instead of a beaming smile to others.
If that sounds like you, don’t worry because there is plenty you can do to keep your teeth looking and feeling good. Moreover, it’s never too late to address any pain or cosmetic dental concerns.
Check out the following five tips to help you keep your gnashers in tip-top conditions:
1. Don’t Go Crazy When You Brush Your Teeth
Most people know they must brush their teeth at least once a day (twice a day is ideal). Some of those individuals will brush their teeth daily without fail, and that’s fine, but some folks brush their pearly whites too vigorously.
Use small yet gentle, circular motions when brushing your teeth, and be sure to do so on the front, back, and top of each tooth. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush to help you have a less aggressive brushing routine.
2. Get An Annual Dental Checkup
Another thing to do is see your dentist each year for an annual dental checkup. Scheduling such appointments means you can identify any potential future issues and get them addressed sooner rather than later.
For example, you may need to see an orthodontist if you need braces to help realign teeth damaged due to recent trauma or to address a long-term issue.
3. Avoid Consuming Sugary Drinks And Foods
When you have a diet rich in sugar, you could end up with cavities – permanently damaged areas on the hard surface of teeth that result in small holes or openings.
It’s always worth investigating the ingredients of all foods and drinks you consume regularly. That’s because some of them might contain high levels of sugar and could be the cause of your dental woes.
Where possible, switch to sugar-free versions to minimize your daily consumption of sugar in your diet.
4. Drink Plenty Of Water Each Day
Water isn’t an exciting beverage. It’s colorless, odorless, and doesn’t particularly taste of anything. Yet it has zero calories and is an essential fluid to keep your body fighting fit.
When you drink plenty of water each day, you help to flush out the toxins that develop in your vital organs. Moreover, water helps to dislodge any food particles or bacteria between your teeth and those unwanted items get dissolved by your body’s natural digestive system.
5. Floss Your Teeth After Brushing Them
Finally, you should always floss your teeth after you brush them. Why should you do that extra step, you might ask yourself? The answer is simple: flossing helps to dislodge anything stuck between your teeth that brushing alone cannot do.
Another advantage of flossing is that it helps to diminish bad breath!