Take a look at your favorite movie star and you can virtually guarantee they’ll have a set of pearly whites glistening in their mouth. But you don’t have to be a Hollywood movie star to enjoy teeth whitening by a professional.
In fact it is a great way to inspire yourself to take better care of your teeth. After all, when they look that good you have to keep them that way!
Good oral hygiene is about more than having the best looking smile in your neighborhood. It is essential to protect your teeth and your overall health.
Did you know that research suggests people with bad oral health are more likely to get heart disease?
Here’s how to make sure your teeth are always looking good:
You should brush your teeth twice a day and use a soft bristled brush. This will remove the plaque which builds up on the surface of your teeth.
Plaque attacks the enamel on your teeth, weakening it and causing cavities as well as allowing bacteria in.
An anti-microbial toothpaste is best.
You should floss between your teeth at least once a day. This will remove any small pieces of food or plaque that your brush has not managed to get. This is an important step to reduce your chances of getting gum disease.
Using mouth wash can also be an effective way of getting rid of the harmful bacteria in your mouth. The mouthwash usually contains alcohol which kills the bacteria. Of course it also smells nice; leaving your breath fresh.
Sugar free chewing gum encourages the natural production of saliva in your mouth. This is your natural defense against bad bacteria. It is a good idea when feasible to chew a piece of gum after you have eaten.
It must be sugar free!
This is also a good tactic when you have low saliva production in your mouth
Sugar and starch are two of the biggest enemies for your teeth. It is these that stick to your teeth and attack them.
While it is not advisable to eliminate these substances from your diet completely; you should be able to limit your intake.
A healthy diet can be more than just avoiding sugar. Red wine and coffee both stain your teeth; making it a good idea to limit your intake of these substances as well.
The fact that this will help your overall health is a bonus!
Visit Your Dentist
It is essential that your oral hygiene regime be complemented by regular visits to your dentist. This will ensure you have your teeth deep cleaned on a regular basis to get the bits you’ve missed.
Your dentist will be able to tell you if you have a pattern of missing part of your mouth and help you to improve your oral hygiene routine. They will also be able to spot any issues early and help you to deal with them before they become a problem.