To celebrate World Smiles Day we want to share 6 easy ways to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day and Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue
Brushing is the only leave way to reduce plaque build-up and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. We recommend brushing for three minutes, even if your teeth feel clean after one! You also need to replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Bacteria loves to grow and build up here and it is the number one cause of bad breath. Mouthwash and mints will help mask this of course, but if the bacteria are alive on the tongue it needs to go to avoid tooth decay!
2.Oral Care Products
Look for products that contain fluoride and casein phosphopeptides they reduce plaque build-up, strengthens your enamel, and help make teeth more resistant to acid attacks, and prevent tooth decay. Mouthwash is a great way to fight bad breath but be sure it doesn’t contain any alcohol. Alcohol is a drying agent and will reduce or eliminate saliva, which we need to keep our mouths fresh and flush away any bad bacteria.
3. Flossing is Not a Myth
Brushing your teeth is only half the battle for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Flossing once a day is a great way to remove plaque in those hard to reach places. We would say flossing is more important than mouthwash!
4. How to Avoid Staining Your Teeth
Consuming dark coloured liquids such as tea, coffee, and red wine contain tannins which leave stains your teeth. If possible, drink these through a straw (an environmentally friendly one, of course!) and if all else fails, you could always invest in our Teeth White Pen – it’s very easy to use, it actively dissolves stains, and it’s a staple in our handbags
5. Be Wary of Whitening Fads
Have you ever heard of a dentist recommending charcoal or baking soda to whiten your teeth? No, of course not! Try avoid using anything “gritty” that sticks to your teeth like baking soda or charcoal – yes, they can remove stains – but these are abrasive meaning that they act like sandpaper and damage the tooth’s enamel in the process!
6. Regular Check-Ups
You should visit your dentist for a dental exam at least every 6 months. Dental check-ups are just as important as any other health care check-ups & screenings. Remember if you are an anxious patient don’t let this stand in your way of visiting your dentist, as they are here to help you not hurt you! Many dental issues are treatable and can be avoided if they are caught at an early stage. Dentists can identify problems quickly and prevent them from becoming more serious – so book your check-up today.
If you have any questions feel free to message us on any of our social media channels – we are always more than happy to help.
Love Lisa & Vanessa Xx