For many people, the first thing they see in other people is their smile. According to the Oral Health Foundation, your smile is top of a list of things we notice whenever we meet someone new, whether that’s when going out, when you have an interview or on a date.
It is for these reasons and many others of course that you should make sure you take care of your smile and the biggest part of that is ensuring your teeth are in the best of health. Here are a few ways you can keep your beautiful smile.
Probably the most important thing you can do to take care of your teeth is ensure you have a regular dental hygiene routine. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, for two minutes each time. If you only brush once a day, you increase the risk of getting tooth decay by a third.
It is recommended that you start brushing from the gum up the tooth or in a light circular motion. It may be easier for some to divide the time equally between the different parts of the mouth. It’s important to not brush your teeth too hard or too gently. Too gentle means you are not removing all the plaque and food on your teeth, but brushing too hard or too often can scrub away the protective layer of enamel on your teeth.
It is also worth picking up an electric toothbrush, as an analysis of data showed that they reduce plaque by over a fifth compared to using a manual toothbrush. Some also have timers to ensure you are brushing for the right amount of time, and other functions, reminders and even connection to smartphones to ensure you don’t forget to brush. As for toothpaste, there are many brands out there, but a fluoride toothpaste is useful for protecting your teeth.
Finally, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask your dentist. They will be happy to help you find a toothbrush, toothpaste.
If you are serious about keeping your teeth immaculate than a dental health regime goes beyond a toothbrush and toothpaste. Other dental care products can be bought that can help keep your smile beaming and your breath fresh.
The first of these is products that clean between the teeth. The first one that comes to mind and the most common is Dental Floss. Astonishingly, a third of people have never flossed their teeth, but it is very important to get to the part of the teeth that even the most meticulous brushing can’t reach. The key is to ensure the floss is taught and gently guide it into the gaps between your teeth.
If flossing is not for you, there are alternatives, including interdental brushes, little brushes that can reach between teeth which can be more gentle and easier for some people.
There is of course the biggest part of maintaining your dental health, which is seeing your dentist. You should be seeing your dentist at least twice a year to spot potential dental health issues and ensure that your dental health is tip top. A dentist is able to spot the signs of dental cavities, caries as well as early signs of gum disease, as well as provide advice and suggestions to make sure your teeth are as healthy as can be. Dentists are also friendly, non-judgemental and want the best for your teeth, so don’t be afraid to ask anything.