It’s not all about teeth whitening, but but keeping your teeth healthy. This is very important – you don’t want your mouth full of fillings or even worse; false teeth! I don’t know about you, but having false teeth is a real nightmare of mine. It’s also important to keep your teeth healthy because unhealthy teeth can’t be whitened. Here are 10 tips for keeping your teeth in tip top condition!
1. Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes can be really efficient. There have been several studies done which show that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than normal regular ones. Your teeth should also feel much cleaner after using one – you can feel the difference.
2. Mix It Up With a Normal Toothbrush
Using an electric toothbrush is great. But occasionally they’re a little bit too gentle. So don’t be afraid to get stuck in there with a regular hard bristled toothbrush. It will get rid of the tough bits of plaque and food residue and really give your mouth a great all over clean. You get the best of both worlds doing this, so try and use a normal toothbrush at least once a week.
3. Cut Down on Sugar & Acidy Drinks
This one’s obvious. We know sugar is bad for our teeth. But there may be sugar in things you never thought about. Like fruit juice – this can really damage your teeth but we don’t think about it because we think “fruit juice is good for us”. If you must drink fruit juice and have sugary snacks, drink some water afterwards to help minimize the damage.
4. Chew Gum
Acid build up during the day can cause a lot of damage. Chewing gum can help increase the flow of saliva which can help keep your teeth clean and remove acid. It may not be as good as actually cleaning your teeth, but a regular gum chewer (especially after eating) will have much less acid wear compared to a non gum chewer.
5. Don’t “Play”
Don’t always be feeling your teeth with your tongue to make sure they’re clean. This, over enough time, can actually damage your teeth by making acid wear holes deeper and bigger. It’s ok to “feel” your teeth to make sure they’re squeaky clean, but don’t turn it into a habit.
6. Do A Good Job
It’s easy to quickly rush through cleaning our teeth in the morning / night. You’re either in a rush or tired. Cleaning your teeth is the last thing on your mind. However it’s always important to do a great job. Make sure all parts of your mouth are clean before you’ve finished. Pay especial attention to the molars at the back as they’re the teeth which usually require fillings.
7. Use Mouthwash
Using mouthwash is a great idea. If you’ve just cleaned your teeth, chances are you’ve missed one or two spots. But using a mouthwash can at least help get to those areas and kill the bacteria which causes tooth decay. Additionally some mouth washes can help provide further protection throughout the day / night. It also has the added bonus of making your mouth smell amazing!
8. Cut Back on Alcohol & Smoking
Alcohol can erode the enamel on the outside of your teeth, also alcohol is often consumed with sugary drinks doubling the potential for damage. Additionally the chances for causing physical damage to your teeth from a fall or trip is much higher when intoxicated!
Not only does smoking make your teeth look yellow, it can cause gum disease. If the gum disease gets bad enough, teeth can begin to fall out.
Not everyone will need to floss, it depends how big the gaps in between your teeth are. However if you have small, tight gaps then you’ll need to floss pretty regularly. This is because bits of food and plaque get in between the gaps and can contribute to bad breath and tooth decay.
10. Use Plaque-Disclosing Tablets
These special tablets stain the areas of your teeth which have lots of plaque on them. This can be really useful because we don’t always know which areas of our teeth we’re not cleaning very well. Sometimes we just assume we’re cleaning all areas equally. Using these tablets a few times a year show you the areas which are still dirty so you can adjust your brushing technique accordingly.