If you’re serious about getting healthy teeth and gums then you are going to want to follow the tips below (courtesy of Smiles By Kesa) while at the same time making sure that you are also following the basics such as brushing and flossing your teeth.
1. Avoid Foods That Stain Your Teeth
If you happen to be consuming things like red wine, black tea, coffee, cola and other dark juices then you should expect nothing else than yellow teeth!
You should appreciate that if something that you’re about to eat is dark in color then it will more than likely stain your teeth. If you do happen to eat a food that causes stains then I’d highly recommend that you brush your teeth immediately thereafter. You are also going to want to invest in a good bleaching agent (which you can get from your local pharmacy). You will also want to become extremely conscious of eating foods that stain your teeth and should only touch them if you have a toothbrush lying around.
2. Make Sure You Hum While You Brush Your Teeth
If you really want to make sure that all the nasty plaque is removed from your teeth then you are going to want to make sure that you are brushing your teeth for at least two minutes. In the beginning you will want to get a timer to help ensure that you are brushing for the right amount of time, or you could find a tune that you love which lasts for two minutes and then hum away until the two minute mark is up.
3. Grip Your Toothbrush Like You Would a Pencil
If your toothbrush looks like it has been used to clean your car then it’s likely that you are brushing your teeth way too hard. You really need to appreciate that brushing hard is not going to help you remove all that plaque. In fact the absolute best way to clean your teeth is to place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against your gums and then move the toothbrush around in a circular motion. Try gripping the toothbrush like a pencil so you don’t end up scrubbing your teeth too hard.
4. Try To Drink a Single Cup of Tea Every Single Day
There are ingredients in tea such as flavonoids and various other things that have been shown to stop harmful bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Tea also has the benefit of containing a high amount of fluoride.
5. Change Your Brush Regularly
You need to make sure that you throw out your toothbrush at least once every 3 months because not doing so will just mean you are going to be transferring bacteria from your toothbrush into your mouth. Smile studio orthodontics recommend that you do this especially when you have braces on!
6. Get a Good Mouthwash to Help Rid Your Mouth of Bacteria
You need to realize that the vast majority of mouthwashes that you see contain far too much alcohol which can lead to your mouth drying out, which makes it the perfect breading ground for bacteria. You should take your time and find a good quality mouthwash that is alcohol free.
7. Scrape Your Tongue Thoroughly
Invest in a tongue scraper and use it to scrape your tongue every morning to remove tongue plaque and to help freshen up your breath. One of the main reasons that people have bad breath in the first place is because of the buildup of bacteria on the tongue. A tongue scraper will help to get rid of all this nasty bacteria, leaving your breath nice and fresh.
8. Cut Back on The Amount of Sugar You Eat
You are seriously going to want to avoid sugary foods from now on. If you combine sugar and bacteria then you will end up with plaque. Plaque will then lead to your gums bleeding, tooth decays and countless cavities.
9. Eat Foods That Will Help To Clean Your Teeth
You might not realize this but foods that are tough will actually help to clean up your teeth. Some of these foods include things like Apples, carrots, celery and unsweetened popcorn. To really get the most benefit you are going to want to ensure that these foods are some of the last that you eat.
10. Keep Hydrated
Make sure that you are drinking at least one glass of water every single hour. You might not realize this but keeping hydrated will help to keep your digestive system working as it should be and it will help to keep your skin hydrated. The bonus is that your teeth will stay white. The more water you drink, the more bacteria you will help to remove off of your teeth and out of your mouth!
11. Don’t Use Your Teeth For Anything Other than Eating
You are going to want to have all the essential tools you need such as a bottle opener and a pair of scissors with you, so you don’t have to end up using your teeth as a tool which will only end with you damaging them!
12. Check Your Breath on a Regular Basis
To check your breath is very simple. All you need to do is lick the palm of your hand and smell it while it is still wet. If it is smelly then you need to either pop a mint or take out some time to brush your teeth.
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