BRUSH TWICE A DAY
Your teeth are made of hard enamel on the surface and calcium underneath. The fact is they are pretty tough and will last a long time, perhaps even a lifetime without much attention. But that’s not recommended, not unless you want smelly discoloured teeth when you smile.
To avoid this and to keep your teeth healthy and white you and your family need to brush at least twice a day. Brush your teeth after eating and eating and brush for at least two minutes. This ensures the majority of rogue plaque causing food particles are removed.
REMEMBER TO FLOSS
Not everyone flosses and it’s easy to understand why. Flossing seems like a bit of a waste of time. It doesn’t seem to have any direct result either, it’s not as if your teeth are cleaner or whiter as a result of flossing. However, flossing can make a huge difference.
When you floss you remove the small hard to reach bits of plaque causing food between your teeth. These bits of food are often overlooked by your toothbrush. They collect the harmful bacteria that causes plaque and leads to tooth decay. Try to floss 30 minute before brushing.
You might have the healthiest, cleanest teeth in the world, but that might not be enough for you if those beautiful teeth are out of alignment. Crooked teeth can cause some discontent and lack of self esteem. It’s a good thing that this issue can be easily corrected.
There are many types of tooth alignment technology and practices available. The type you choose to make the way you want them will depend on the type of jaw you have and how far you want to go. For most people braces – now almost invisible with invisalign – are the most effective way to achieve results.
Needless to say you will want to have white teeth to look your best. Sometimes, however, keeping your teeth white is a full time task that goes well beyond simply using a whitening toothpaste every once in a while. A whitening toothpaste is certainly recommended, but so are supporting practices.
If possible go to your dentist periodically and ask for a scale and polish. Your dentist will use special equipment to remove any plaque and polish your teeth to a natural shine. In general, avoid tooth discoloration food items such as tea, coffee, and wine.
TOOTH FRIENDLY DIET
Since your teeth are there primarily for eating it’s no surprise that the food you eat has a strong influence on their overall health and whiteness. If you eat a lot of sugary food for instance you will be more prone to tooth decay and tooth ache. This can lead to crown and implants.
To protect your teeth and your overall health reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. This means natural sugar too, like the kind you get from fruit. Fruit can be very bad for your teeth so remember to brush them a short time after eating any.