Everyone wants a beautiful smile. Not only is a lovely smile, well beautiful, it is also a sign of healthy teeth and gums. If you already have a beautiful smile, you will want to keep those pearly whites healthy and shining for years to come, so it is critical to care for them properly.
A great smile can leave a lasting first impression. Here are some tips on how you can get that winning grin and keep it looking that way for life.
Brush and Floss Often
This tip should be obvious, but, it is surprising how many people do not brush and floss their teeth as often as they should. You should, at least, brush and floss your teeth after every meal to make sure you remove any food that may become stuck in your teeth.
Brushing often is so important that you should talk to your dentist about proper care for your teeth and to find out what type of toothbrush is best for your teeth and your needs. Also, ask how often you should swap out your toothbrush for a new one, the rule of thumb is every 60 days but make sure.
Floss after every time you brush your teeth. Not only will flossing help to remove all of the food particles caught in between your teeth, but it also helps to keep your gums healthy as well.
Limit Your Intake of Sugar
A big misconception about sugar is that it causes your teeth to rot. However, sugar, itself, doesn’t cause tooth decay but, if you continuously eat many foods that contain sugar, you increase your chances of gaining oral bacteria that will cause tooth decay.
You acquire oral bacteria from carbohydrates like sugar, which produces acid as a by-product of fermentation. The acid will slowly erode the enamel layer or your teeth, which weakens them.
Increase Your Calcium Intake
Including more calcium in your diet does not only build stronger bones, but it will also strengthen your teeth as well. Studies show that calcium is a significant weapon in the fight against tooth decay.
Stay Away From Sticky, Chewy Food
Sticky, chewy foods are more likely to stick to your teeth and create oral bacteria that will also eat away at the enamel of your teeth, increasing your chances of tooth decay. These foods also increase your chances of contracting the gum disease gingivitis.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Don’t be afraid of visiting your dentist regularly. From probably as long as the practice of dentistry has been in existence, dentists have been feared more than any other medical provider.
Coupled with the available new technology, you no longer need to fear your dentist, so it is crucial that you visit your dentist at least every six months for regular cleaning and check up.
If you have concerns with your teeth in between your regularly scheduled appointments, make an appointment so they can check it out. This is the only set of teeth you get, so it is extremely important to take good care of them.
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