7 Tips for a Healthy Smile in 2018
Keep those pearly whites healthy and bright with these dental hygiene tips:
1. Change your toothbrush – When was the last time you changed your toothbrush? The new year isn’t the only time to replace your toothbrush. As a rule of thumb, your toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months. Additionally, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as hard bristles can damage your teeth.
2. Eat a varied diet – A varied diet rich in vitamins and minerals won’t only do your body good, but your teeth as well. You can’t go wrong with leafy greens. If you’re already into healthy eating, why not cut back on sugary foods, if any? Candy and soda are notorious for causing tooth decay.
3. Brush longer – Do you know how long you brush your teeth? As a follow-up question, do you know how long you should be brushing them? This year, resolve to brush your teeth longer. The average person brushes for about two minutes; that’s only a third of the recommended time.
4. Brush your gums – A healthy smile isn’t only about having a set of pearly whites. Your teeth can appear white and have a whole set of problems elsewhere. For instance, you’ll need to keep your gums healthy so they won’t recede. Receded gums affect teeth by exposing the roots. An exposed root will leave your teeth vulnerable to hot and cold food. As such, when brushing your teeth, don’t forget your gums.
5. Use a mouth rinse – Another layer of protection you can give your teeth is mouth rinse. Mouth rinses are specially formulated to fight plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. You can use a mouth rinse even without the recommendation of your dentist, but if they do prescribe it, be sure to listen. It can help protect your teeth against tooth decay.
6. Quit smoking – If you smoke, this year is as good a time as any to quit, if not for the sake of your teeth, then for your overall health. Smoking doesn’t only leave an ugly stain on the surface of teeth, but it can also irritate your gums. Smoking also increases your risk for oral cancer—a condition that affects half a million of adults.
7. See your dentist – When was the last time you scheduled an appointment with your dentist? If you can’t remember when, then it may be high time you set an appointment. Dentists are trained to detect problems you may otherwise consider normal. They also play a key role in preventing tooth decay by performing dental cleaning.