If you want to have a pearly white smile, then you’ll be glad to know that a few daily tweaks to your routine could make it happen. Many people think that good oral hygiene comes down to expensive treatments and products but that is not the case at all. Instead a solid, daily oral routine is the best way to give you the smile that you want!
Brushing Your Teeth
It should go without saying that brushing your teeth daily is a necessity. The biggest mistake that people make, though, is not brushing their teeth in the right way. First of all you need to make sure that you have a soft-bristled brush – if you don’t already have one of these then throw away the one you have now and invest in one. You don’t need to get expensive toothpaste, any antimicrobial toothpaste that contains fluoride will be good enough. You need to make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day for 3-4 minutes at a time! People tend to brush their teeth for a much shorter amount of time, which can lead to problems with plaque and gum disease later down the line.
It is a good idea to get into the habit of flossing every day too. People tend to floss when they’re going out (or visiting the dentist!) and are more conscious of their oral hygiene. This will be much more effective if you try to floss once a day. Floss is relativley inexpensive and you only need to use a few inches of it at a time.
It’s always a good idea to use mouthwash but wait 5-10 minutes after brushing your teeth or else you’ll wash all the good ingredients away. There are loads of different types you can get, so you can shop around to find one that you feel suits you and your needs best. Try and get an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t swallow mouthwash, instead you should spit out when you are finished.
Twice a day should be plenty to brush your teeth, but the odd extra brush won’t do any harm. So for example if you brush at night and then end up having a cheeky snack before bed – brush again! The worst thing you can do is go to bed without brushing you teeth, because you have a whole night for plaque to develop.
Food & Drink
Think about what you are eating and drinking – red wine and coffee will stain your teeth and fizzy drinks could cause bacteria. If you do want to have these then try to chew gum afterwards, to try and keep your teeth as safe and sound as possible. Of course chewing gum is no real substitute for brushing your teeth but it can help in the interim.
So there you have it – having good teeth is more about the time you spend looking after them than the money you spend on dental products.